Programming languages are the foundation of all software applications and are used to build everything from small scripts to large-scale apps. Choosing the right programming language is crucial for any project, as it can impact the performance, maintainability, and scalability of the application. That being said, we are all curious to see which languages are popular among developers.
In this blog, we’ll be looking at the top programming languages as voted by the tech community in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2022. Whether you are a beginner programmer looking to learn your first language or a veteran looking to grow your skill stack, this article will hopefully provide some helpful insights.
Median Salary: $65,580
Building interactive and dynamic websites and web-based applications
Validating user input
Building server-side applications and APIs
Creating mobile applications
Manipulating the appearance and layout of a web page in real-time
HTML and CSS are used to build and style the front end of web applications. They are essential technologies for building web pages and web applications, and they are supported by all modern web browsers.
Median Salary: $63,984
HTML/CSS is used for:
SQL (Structured Query Language) is popular among developers because it is a standard language for interacting with databases. It is used to create, modify, and query databases, as well as to control access to the data. This means that developers can use SQL to work with a wide variety of databases, regardless of the Database Management Systems they are using.
Median Salary: $69,108
SQL is used for:
Creating and modifying tables in a database
Inserting, updating, and deleting data in a database
Querying a database to retrieve specific data
Setting permissions on database objects and data
Creating views and stored procedures in a database
Python has a simple, easy-to-learn syntax, which makes it a great language for beginners. It also has a large standard library, which includes a wide range of functions and modules that can be used to build a wide range of applications.
Python is commonly used for web development, scientific computing, data analysis, and artificial intelligence. It has a number of powerful libraries and frameworks that support these use cases, such as Django for web development, NumPy for scientific computing, and sci-kit-learn for machine learning.
Median Salary: $71,105
Python is used for:
Scientific computing and data analysis
Artificial intelligence and machine learning
System automation and administration
TypeScript is popular because it is designed to be scalable and easy to maintain. It is often used in large-scale applications where the codebase is expected to grow and evolve over time. It’s used by many large companies, such as Asana, Asics, and Airbnb, which adds to its popularity among developers.
Median Salary: $70,276
TypeScript is used for:
Java is a widely-used language with a long history and a large and active community of users. It is one of the oldest and most widely-used programming languages, and it is used in a variety of applications, including web development, mobile development, and scientific computing. This means that Java has a large ecosystem of libraries, frameworks, and tools that developers can use to build a wide range of applications.
Java is popular because it is a powerful and versatile language that is well-suited for building large-scale, enterprise-level applications. It is an object-oriented language, which means it is organized around "objects" that have properties and methods, and it supports features like polymorphism, inheritance, and encapsulation.
Median Salary: $64,572
Java is used for:
Mobile development (especially Android apps)
Big data processing
C# is a powerful and versatile language that is well-suited for building a wide range of applications. C# is popular because it is a modern language that is constantly being updated and improved. It is developed and maintained by Microsoft, and it is used to build a wide range of applications, including Windows desktop applications, mobile apps, web applications, and games.
In addition, C# has a large and active community of users, with many open-source libraries and tools available for C# developers. It is also used by many large companies, such as Dell and Intel, which adds to its popularity among developers.
Median Salary: $69,516
What is C# used for:
Cloud and distributed systems
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Looking at the results from the survey it seems to me that the more popular languages on this list don’t pay as well as those that developers are less fond of. For example, F# and Erlang are rated low in terms of popularity but on the scale of average pay, they top the list. Something to think about if you’re looking to specialise…
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