YouTube is the most popular video streaming platform in the world. The product was developed by three PayPal employees in 2005. Due to its breakout in popularity, Google bought the product in 2006 for $1.65 billion, and now it is a subsidiary of Google. YouTube is a massive platform, and it is super rich in feature. It does not only let the users watch videos but also lets the creators upload video from the same platform. Moreover, there are free and paid services, live video streaming feature, 3D video and 360-video playing feature, and whatnot.
Every minute, 400 hours of content is getting uploaded, and there are billions of hours of content being watched every day. In fact, it is the second most popular website in the world in terms of web traffic. To create such a platform, there are multiple programming languages used for sure. Today, we are going to look at the programming languages used for its creation.
The Development Of YouTube –
This has been confirmed by the YouTube creator Chad Hurley in an interview. But within a year, the Google acquisition took place, and Google had the upper hand on the technologies to be used. Google felt the need to make the platform robust and make an upside down change in the technologies and programming languages used in YouTube. By the time Google bought the company, the platform was already getting millions of views, and it was the next best thing after social media, and it still is.
The Transformation – It is hard to believe that PHP is no more used in YouTube. So, Google completely changed the core part of the coding for the platform. Currently, the most stakeholding programming language behind the development of the platform form is Python. From 2007, Google has been making the transformation, and the new version of the website was launched in March 2010. The new design with Python at the core simplified the user interface, and it was a major hit among the users. The product manager said that the previous version with PHP had a lot of clutters and they had to step back and develop the new product completely in most of the parts keeping the core idea alive. Ironically, last that year, one of the creators of YouTube Hurley stepped down as CEO of the company.
The Recent Developments – There are major changes and additions introduced by Google on their YouTube platform every year. Among the additions, YouTube Gaming was introduced following the success of Amazon-owned Twitch for the gaming segment. It is said that the live streaming of game playing has been developed in Google’s own programming language Go. In fact, Google has a long-term plan for converting the core language from Python to Go. YouTube Music and YouTube Red are two more major additions. A community feature is a great option for the creators to inform the subscribers in small posts rather than going to social media pages. YouTube also has varieties of apps such as YouTube Go, YouTube Music, YouTube TV, YouTube Premium all of which use Java as the core. They also have iOS apps for which Swift is the language used.