What programming language should I learn?December 12, 2020
The age old question. I've been asked this multiple times recently, here are my thoughts.
The long answer is: it depends.
Let me explain...
I think most developers are familiar with the long answer: it depends on what you want to build. Obviously. If the person has an interest in a specific platform the answer is trivial. Unfortunately, that's usually not the case.
The question is not: "What programming language should I learn to build apps for Android?".
The question is (rephrased): "What programming language should I learn to get a job in software development?".
And I think that's an entirely valid question to ask! And maybe more relevant than ever.
In my opinion, the best way to switch careers into IT is with front-end web development.
- Career opportunities. From small agencies to Big Tech. There's also freelancing. A person who can build beautiful web user interfaces is an asset to any software company.
- Lenient requirements. A lot of front-end professionals are self-taught, and I think, in general, the job requirements for front-end positions are a bit more lenient when it comes to formal education. Be prepared to get grilled on your portfolio instead!
- It's visual. It means you get quick feedback if you're doing something right or wrong. Also, it can be a lot of fun.
Are there any cons? Yes.
When I started out with PHP, object-oriented programming was a confusing mystery to me. It only started to make sense when I learned Java.