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Top 5 Programming Languages to Learn

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The market for Smartphones, tablet computers and devices that use apps is booming. As such, the number of apps that are being developed is also growing. Scott Lorenz, the President of Westwind iPhone App Publicity says that more than three hundred new apps are being created each day! So how can someone join this growing field?
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The very first step in learning how to develop apps is learning a programming language. However, here lies a problem: Different operating systems prefer different languages. So first one has to decide which system he or she would like to create the app and choose the programming language second.
Which Language Should You Learn?
A person would obviously want their app to be as widely used as possible so as to maximize publicity and profit, and therefore want to learn a language which is popular or platform independent; that is to say, it can be used by a number of different devices with different operating systems. There are 5 popular languages people could learn:
  1. JavaScript: JavaScript is the most commonly used of all programming languages for app creation. It allows code to be written in a variety of different ways and it can be used across a number of different devices without much trouble. Especially for the new app developers JavaScript is simple and a very useful language to learn.
  2. Java: Not to be confused with JavaScript, Java is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language. OOP languages are organized around data and objects together based on similar functions and properties, rather than logic and actions. Although Java is platform-independent, it is used extensively on the Android operating system. Also, because Java is setup in a similar fashion to the C-based languages, it allows for an easy transition for more experienced developers.
  3. C#: This is the most recommended language if one wishes to write for Windows Phone. Like Java, C# is also an OOP language and with the Windows App Store gaining more downloads everyday, learning C# would be a great advantage.
  4. Objective-C: To contrast with C# above, Objective-C is the recommended language for Appleâs iOS. However, like C#, and Java also, Objective-C is an OOP language.
  5. PHP: PHP is platform-independent and was created exclusively for web applications. Since it can be used by any device and runs solely on the server, it is the best choice for creating mobile applications.
Well, these were the 5 top programming languages you need to know as an app developer. However, donât make the mistake about not learning HTML5. If you are an app developer, you should know this dynamic language in and out. Itâs simple, HTML5 is being widely used in the âtechnologically advancedâ apps today and it makes sense to divest your energy to learn it. Remember the simple formulae, the lesser people know about something, the more you get paid if you know that âsomethingâ! And yes, HTML5 is still in a lot of demand.
The market for Smartphones, tablet computers and devices that use apps is booming. As such, the number of apps that are being developed is also growing. Scott Lorenz, the President of Westwind iPhone App Publicity says that more than three hundred new apps are being created each day! So how can someone join this growing field?

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The very first step in learning how to develop apps is learning a programming language. However, here lies a problem: Different operating systems prefer different languages. So first one has to decide which system he or she would like to create the app and choose the programming language second.

Which Language Should You Learn?

A person would obviously want their app to be as widely used as possible so as to maximize publicity and profit, and therefore want to learn a language which is popular or platform independent; that is to say, it can be used by a number of different devices with different operating systems. There are 5 popular languages people could learn:

  1. JavaScript: JavaScript is the most commonly used of all programming languages for app creation. It allows code to be written in a variety of different ways and it can be used across a number of different devices without much trouble. Especially for the new app developers JavaScript is simple and a very useful language to learn.
  2. Java: Not to be confused with JavaScript, Java is an object-oriented programming (OOP) language. OOP languages are organized around data and objects together based on similar functions and properties, rather than logic and actions. Although Java is platform-independent, it is used extensively on the Android operating system. Also, because Java is setup in a similar fashion to the C-based languages, it allows for an easy transition for more experienced developers.
  3. C#: This is the most recommended language if one wishes to write for Windows Phone. Like Java, C# is also an OOP language and with the Windows App Store gaining more downloads everyday, learning C# would be a great advantage.
  4. Objective-C: To contrast with C# above, Objective-C is the recommended language for Appleâs iOS. However, like C#, and Java also, Objective-C is an OOP language.
  5. PHP: PHP is platform-independent and was created exclusively for web applications. Since it can be used by any device and runs solely on the server, it is the best choice for creating mobile applications.


Well, these were the 5 top programming languages you need to know as an app developer. However, donât make the mistake about not learning HTML5. If you are an app developer, you should know this dynamic language in and out. Itâs simple, HTML5 is being widely used in the âtechnologically advancedâ apps today and it makes sense to divest your energy to learn it. Remember the simple formulae, the lesser people know about something, the more you get paid if you know that âsomethingâ! And yes, HTML5 is still in a lot of demand.

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