Yet another question that might spring to the minds of users, especially those who are just at the beginning of their programming career is what specific language to specialize in. There are numerous aspects to consider when trying to decide on a specific programming language, especially nowadays, with the impressive abundance of available options.

This page tries to address the problem from the average user’s perspective and provides some information on the various programming languages and their different characteristics, to enable users to decide on language that is appropriate for them.

When choosing a programming language for their requirements, users must account for the syntax (the programming language’s interface), semantics (the meaning of the languages, which is the exact opposite of their syntax) as well as the type system and libraries.

The last two characteristics dictate the way in which programming languages classify the values and expressions into types and the definitions stored within each library that is related to every programming language.

Some of the noteworthy programming languages out there are:

  • C – considered by many as the “grandfather” of all modern programming languages, it was developed in the 1970s’ and many of today’s languages depend on it, such as Java, C++ or even Python;
  • C++ – basically an upgraded version of the timeless classic, “C”, this programming language stems from the initial breakthrough that was C and adds up more features, making it ideal for general purpose coding and programming;
  • C# – developed in the early 2000’s, this programming language was intended to be a general-purpose language for Microsoft and it is part of the NET family of programming languages;
  • Python – this programming language was developed in the 1990s’ and was designed in order to be accessible from the standpoint of coding beginners hailing from scientific communities, and need something that is easy to implement their approaches.