There’s never been a bad time to learn a new skill! But with the world of work becoming ever more digital, learning how to code can open doors that would have never been accessible before. The beauty of coding is, not only can you use it as a way to climb up the corporate ladder, it can also have a positive effect on your personal life. You could even set up that new side hustle and start earning an extra income doing something you are passionate about. Here’s our guide on which languages we feel are beneficial to learn and how tough they can be to get to grips with.
Why is it so important to learn?
How difficult is it to pick up?
What is Python?
Python is a multipurpose programming language that interestingly gets its name from its creator Guido van Rossum being a huge Monty Python fan. The language was conceived in the late 1980’s but didn’t really become part of mainstream coding until the mid 2000’s, it can be used for both front and back-end development but due to its widespread server side used it has become a key language for back-end developers.
Why is Python so popular?
Python has become extremely popular for a number of reasons and is used by enterprise scale organisations like Google, Spotify and Netflix. The first reason being that It’s extremely quick and reliable. You can deploy Python applications in nearly any environment, and there’s little to no performance loss no matter what platform you work with. Secondly Python has an excellent selection of frameworks and libraries, to mention a few, Django is the framework of choice for web development and NumPy is a great Library for scientific computing and numerical work.
Is Python easy to learn?
Python is probably the most user-friendly mainstream programming language; the syntax often resembles English which means even novice developers can get to grips with the code quickly. If you are fairly new to coding and plan on learning Python in your spare time, you can expect it to take roughly 3-6 months to get to grips with the basics, although like most coding languages, you could spend almost your entire life trying to master it.
What is C#?
C# (pronounced C Sharp) is an object-oriented language built on the foundations of another language C. It was originally designed by Microsoft to be part of its .NET framework for building Windows applications. As a member of the “C” language family, it shares lots of similarities with C++ however, C# is regarded as easier to use than C++. Fun Fact, C# was originally called COOL which stood for stood for “C-like Object Oriented Language” but the name had to be quickly dropped for trademark infringements.
What is C# used for?
C# is an extremely versatile language but is predominantly used for three things. Number one is Website Development as it can deliver dynamic websites on both the .NET platform or open-source. Secondly (and unsurprisingly as it was created by Microsoft) it is used for building Windows Applications using the .Net framework resulting in smooth and highly functional builds. Thirdly, and also the most exciting is in the development of games, including AR & VR Games. This is because the Unity games engine works seamlessly with C# with some of the more notable titles coming from the engine being Rust and Subnautica.
Why should I learn C#?
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