The Forever programming languages

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There are about ten thousand different programming languages that a developer can choose from. Of course, some languages are much more useful than others and there is no shortage of new languages being added to that list. Despite the huge list of available programming languages, few tend to stand out unaffected by time and place. These programming languages are often the most used and the most versatile to get the job done. The five programming languages that are often considered the forever languages or at least languages that will exist well into the next few generations are Java, Python, JavaScript, Swift, and C. There is no doubt that these are extremely powerful languages, so let’s explore what makes these languages stay evergreen.

– Java: The programming language Java is the brainchild of the green team composed of engineers such as James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, and Patrick Naughton. The beta version of Java was first released in 1995. Java’s biggest asset is its functionality as it is platform independent and it can be run on any computer that has a Java Runtime Environment. Java is the core language of Android Studio and the Java language can be used to accomplish pretty much any task.

– Python: Guido van Rossum created Python in the 1980’s after the ABC language. Over the last decade, Python has gained immense popularity and it is often the go to language when working with data. Python’s ease of use and it’s efficiency make it stand out from the rest. The syntax of Python is fairly simple to understand and it is very effective.

– JavaScript: JavaScript was created by NetScape and it is the single most influential language in the sphere of web programming. The popularity of Javascript grew after it became the only language that can be directly used in a web page. JavaScript runs on the browser and can be modified or changed without affecting the server performance. This itself allows programmers to constantly tweak and refine their program using JavaScript without worrying too much about the server and the backend.

– Swift: Swift is a general-purpose, multi-paradigm language that was introduced by Apple in 2014 and since then it has become the predominant programming language of Apple replacing Objective-C. Swift is one of the most loved programming languages due to its concise structure and functioning capabilities.

– C: The C language was invented by Dennis Ritchie in 1972. It was mainly created in order to implement the UNIX operating system. The single most valuable asset of the C language is its precision. The C language allows developers to get down to the level of machine language and it is phenomenal to use for performance and fixed hardware.

Taking into account, the features and assets of these languages, we can see why they are considered the “Forever Programming Languages”. Many of the languages listed above have been around for a few decades, and will most likely continue to exist well into the future.

Guest article written by: Manoj Kumar

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