There are literally hundreds of programming languages. Most people in the industry might be able to name 20, and they might know two or three fluently. So you could think “if languages come and go, shouldn’t I just learn what’s most popular and what will get me the best job?”
Yes! That’s exactly what you should do! The most popular languages are most popular for a reason, and they stick around when others fall away or are used for applications so specific that you’ll have to pick up and move to seek them out. Wouldn’t it just be easier to learn to code in a language that transcends industries so that you can get a job anywhere at a moment’s notice?
The languages you can learn to code at DaVinci institute at our coding bootcamps are the languages that will be used for a long time to come. They’re the closest to “future-proof” that language can get. Let’s take a look at why these coding classes can launch you into the industry...and why they can keep you there.
The Languages Themselves Get Better
Like human languages, computer languages change over time. Let’s take Python, for example, created by Guido van Rossum in 1991. It started, of course, with version 1.0. But there were three iterations of the language between 1991 and 2000. That’s when a huge update to the language was released, Python 2.0. Seven updates were released over nine years; version 3.0 came out in 2008 and saw six upgrades, the most recent just two months ago with version 3.6.Here’s a full history of its release and how it’s gotten better right here.
Ruby on Rails is another good example, because Rails itself is an offshoot of Ruby. From there Rails itself evolved, going through 15 iterations between its inception and its most recent release in December 2016.
The point is, languages keep moving forward and getting better and better, meaning that they’re able to stick around and still be incredibly relevant for web services, servers, data management, and more. The world changes and the languages change with it.
They’re Not Restarting the Internet
The basic framework of most industries would be vastly different if everything could be restarted. The United States’ electrical grid is a great example, because it’s currently a mish-mash of interconnected grids, some of which are decades old while others are brand new. It would be much more efficient if it could be designed from scratch, but depriving the country of power for years while it’s rebuilt obviously isn’t an option.
If we were to try the same thing with the internet, it too would be more efficient. The number of languages could be reduced, and hardware and software could more easily talk to each other. But, like the electrical system, it simply can’t happen. Learn to code Python and you’ll be able to work on the web for a long time to come.
They’ll Be Able to Talk With Quantum Computers
You might ask yourself “aren’t all of these languages going to be obsolete once quantum computers come along?” There are two very big reasons why you don’t have to worry about it, as we noted in this article from a few weeks ago. First, quantum computing, as exciting as it is, is still a long way off from being in common use. And second, the languages of today might not be writing directly for quantum computers, but they will be able to talk to the languages of quantum computers. Quantum computer languages are very complex, and if the entire world suddenly switched over to the hardware, most coding languages would stay the same and work with the quantum languages.
One and Done?
Can you learn a language and be done? Probably not. While our coding school can help you with the coding skills to become a junior programmer, there will always be additional training that helps you move up the ranks. For one thing, the languages are always updating, as we mentioned above, giving coders even more powerful tools. Also, it’s always a good idea to learn to code a second (or even third) language so that you can be as attractive to companies as possible. Learning Python or Ruby on Rails in one of our coding bootcamps can give you a great basis for other coding languages.
Like we said in the title of this blog, the languages we teach at our programming school aren’t going away anytime soon. Millions of people are using them everyday, and while new languages might come along, these tried and true languages are going to be in use for a long time to come. Learn to code one and you’ll be that much closer to a new career. Check out what the DaVinci Institute has to offer right here.