Programming languages are the base of the software development industry, and after every few years, some new language gets added and stays there for decades. With the ease of communication and collaborative approach, different communities are there, and the language gets quickly developed, and the issues are also easily resolved. In short, the maturity time of any new language has reduced, and if the programmers see advantages of any new language over the other established languages, they jump to these languages.

Here are the top 10 programming languages for this year:

  1. JavaScript

The Scripting language for the worldwide web! As the web take over our universe, so is the use of JavaScript. It is a good front-end tool for many years in all environments. JavaScript is an industry favorite and top programming language to learn. If you go by numbers, 88% of all websites. When you use pages with drop-down menus and other page animations, it uses JavaScript in some capacity as well.

  1. Java

It is the most common and famous programming language as on today. Used for Android development and most of the financial systems around the world. The developers prefer Java for its speed and performance. It is rated as the best programming language to learn for years, and you should always keep your skills updated to continue using Java.

  1. R

R programming language is a new obsession with statistics and data analysis. The popularity of ‘R’ language is increasing over last few years, and it is likely to be the most sought after language in 2017 if you go by the increasing number of company jobs and freelance jobs related to R advertised on job portals. The primary use of this language is in the statistical and data mining projects.

  1. Objective – C

The Apple computer company released Objective-C in the 1980’s when it was still a new company. If you’re interested in writing applications for Apple devices like iPhones and iPads, you will have to use Objective-C. The Objective-C is a proprietary language, meaning you must follow the rules and guidelines dictated by Apple. The applications running on all Apple products are developed using Objective-C. Two key examples are Uber and Instagram.

  1. Swift

In 2014, Apple decided to create a new programming language for its iOS and OS X application development which lead to the birth of Swift language. It is in tremendous demand, and the developers are learning this skill in big numbers.

As the language has born in response to developers’ complaints, it was bound to be a favorite among the developers. If you are a mobile developer, then learning Swift should be a part of your 2017 plan! It adopts the best of C and Objective-C, allowing a developer to create an intuitive App. The growth of Swift in 2016 was a massive 262%!

  1. Python

It is a widely used high-level, general-purpose and dynamic programming language. It’s the starter language in university courses around the world. It has the biggest year-on-year job demand growth of any language. Python is a general-purpose programming language. Python is one of the best popular programming languages you can learn and use in 2017.

Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit are all examples where Python is primary language along with other technologies. Python played a major role in starting these websites. Python users have grown by more than 50% in last one year, and the developers are in good demand.

  1. Ruby

Ruby is a general purpose object-oriented programming language, which in turn supports many frameworks. It is used to create many web applications. Apart from being easy to use, Ruby is known for as a powerful language, and Ruby on Rails (Rails is a framework) is in high demand these days. Ruby has a different style than Python, and it becomes a matter of choice for freelance web developers to choose which one they prefer. This language also grew by more than 60% last year.

  1. PHP

The server-side scripting language that primarily focused on web development. It forms the base of WordPress and Facebook. If you wish to become a web developer, PHP is an important language you should learn. It is the most popular language used to write various web applications. It has grown 43% on GitHub by some pull requests in the last twelve months. PHP is present in more than two hundred million websites! It is also there on some of the world’s most visited sites such as Yahoo and WordPress.

  1. Go

It is an open source programming language that’s aimed at making simple, efficient, and reliable software. It is a creation of three Google employees. In the recent times, it has emerged as one of the most popular programming languages. Many Go projects are web servers, APIs, minimal web application frameworks, etc. The growth of Go in 2016: 93%.

  1. C#

The C# was intended to be a general-purpose language for Microsoft products. C# is used to develop the Windows software and server-side web applications. The language is a part of Microsoft’s widely used.The .NET family which contains many other languages combine them with C# on big projects.

If you’re interested in developing Windows-specific apps or websites, then C# is a good choice. Because C# was designed by Microsoft to run on their products, it’s safe to assume that all web applications developed by Microsoft use it. C# is also used to make mobile phone applications for the Windows Phone operating system.


Though it is a personal choice, the programmers also have to keep an eye on the new developments happening in this space. It is must for every developer to keep himself/herself updated on the new languages and features. The IT jobs, the company jobs or the freelance jobs depends on how well you adapt the latest skills and technology. Learning new languages and features of already known languages is a part of life or any Information technology specialist. That is the only way forward for developers and solution designers.