THE RISE OF MODERN PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
Computer programs run various systems in our devices, and they are thus essential in our day to day
activities. From our mobile phones to our laptops, computer programs form the bases of their operations. For
them to do this, they require computer programming languages.
What are the programming languages?
These languages allow us to send commands to machines, thus allowing them to execute what we have in mind. Computers and human beings follow different trains of thoughts and these languages hence act as the bridge between the two ways of thinking. You can think of them as translators.
Computer programming languages have not been around for a long time. They came about towards the beginning of the twentieth century, and they hold a lot of potential as to what they could become in the future. It all started in 1883 when Ada Lovace partnered with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer.
At the time, Charles had a focus on the computation of numbers and thus did not give much thought to other workings in the machine. Ada, on the other hand, saw that the figures could do more than quantify things and she started looking into how they could also act as representatives.
She then worked on an algorithm for the mechanical computer, thus creating the first ever computer programming language. Ada stands as the first person to have created a language through which humans could communicate with machines.
Over time, people worked on various devices with different needs and there thus came a need for more languages. Here is a breakdown of the developments that have taken place thus far:
COMMON MODERN PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
At present, the languages that are fast gaining popularity across the globe are Scala, Golang (abbreviated
as Go), Rust, Kotlin and Swift. Here, we will go through what each language has to offer as well as
similarities in all the languages. This comparison will be possible through the use of a simple declaration
Did you know that this language came to the market courtesy of Google? The organization handles highly distributed systems and there thus came a time when the need for a specified language became inevitable. The language grew popular at a fast rate, with some programmers attributing its success to one of the designers in play: Ken Thompson.
If you have read a lot on the development of programming languages over the years, you will remember that Ken created the UNIX OS which continues to wow people to date. There are those who think of him as a hero in matters of computer science.
This language came into the industry back in 2009, and since then, it has been through many changes, one of it being its release as an open-source project. The impressive thing about this language is that it came about owing to the frustrations that its designers said they dealt with when working with C++.
According to them, the latter option was quite complex, and they needed something that could work for them without resulting in numerous complications.
If you are in such a situation, you will be happy to know that Go could be the solution to your problem.
PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES FOR MOBILE APPS
Nowadays, people rely a lot on their phones. From making financial transactions to connecting with friends
to betting, mobile phones are the go-to devices, and they thus hold a special place in our lives.
For this reason, there has been a need for programming languages that can make software development for mobiles an easy task. Here are the most common languages in this regard:
Python came into the industry towards the late eighties in the Netherlands. Its development took place at the CWI, and it was not until 1991 that it became available to the public which was quick to embrace the technology in play.
It is quite more advanced when compared to the languages that came into the industry before this era, and it features flexible, object-oriented semantics, which appeals to programmers across the globe.
This language is open to use by developers, programmers and software engineers. Additionally, people working in IT and design also frequently use Python. It works great in the development of graphical user interfaces as well as frameworks and content management systems and the computing of numbers.
Most big organizations rely on this language, and you will find that some big companies such as Google, YouTube, NASA, Pinterest, and Instagram rely on its use, amongst other entities.
Are you wondering what the advantages of learning this language are? Well, you will be happy to know that it works great for rapid application development and it allows you to integrate systems as a scripting language.