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The best programming languages of 2018

We’re halfway through the year and we’re taking a look at the trends we’re noticing in software development. While new programming languages are popping up all over the place, there are a few tried and true methods that are responsible for the majority of applications being currently developed.

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Java

Java

Java is still one of the most popular and widely used programming languages. This is especially true in mobile development, as all current Android applications are Java apps. Given the fact that most applications nowadays require a high level of portability for web, mobile, and desktop, it’s no secret that Java is a top choice.

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Javascript

Javascript

When it comes to dynamic web development, JavaScript is still the number one choice among programmers. In fact, JavaScript is used in almost 95% of all websites.

JavaScript game development has seen an increase thanks to React becoming an open-source JS library and the popularity of React VR for virtual and augmented reality applications.

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Python

Python

Python development is popular among programmers who work with analytical solutions and data manipulation projects. It is also a great scripting language for websites and applications that work with large databases. Developers love the fact that both the coding and the QA processes are fast and easy in Python.

4

Swift

Swift

Swift development was created by Apple and released in 2014. It is used primarily by developers for iOS app development and is now even more popular than Apple’s Objective-C programming language.

With Swift, developers can create apps for Apple’s iPhone and watches, as well as web applications. According to analyst firm RedMonk, Swift is the fastest growing language in popularity since it started rankings in 2011.

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Ruby

Ruby

“A programmer’s best friend.” That’s the tagline for the Ruby programming language. To this day, it is still a top choice for most developers.

One of the reasons that Ruby is so popular in 2018 is because it is widely used by most startups, thanks to the Ruby on Rails framework that makes it quick and extremely cost-effective. In fact, it’s the framework behind such popular sites as Airbnb, Shopify and Groupon.