Essential Programming Languages of 2017: Specific Functions Part 2

28 July 2017

In our last post, we learned a little about JavaScript, Ruby, and Java—programming languages that we use to build everything from mobile applications to interactive websites. Today, let’s learn about another set of programming languages, and what they are used for.


The Hypertext Preprocessor, or PHP for short, is a language that was made for websites. More than 80% of all existing websites were built with PHP—for example, Facebook, Wikipedia, and WordPress, among others. Developers love using this language because it uses simple commands and can be embedded in HTML codes. It is easy to learn and offers a wide range of functionality for all kinds of web pages.


If programmers had their own special language, then this is definitely it. C is a programming language that almost all developers know and understand—it is the base of many other languages. It is also the program used to create different kinds of software and operating systems.

While it is relatively harder to learn because of the complicated commands and symbols, many aspiring programmers study this language first. After mastering this language learning all other programming languages becomes simple, as they are usually variations of C.


What do PayPal, Amazon, and Google Chrome have in common? They were all built using C++. While C is the main language of operating systems, C++ is the language for systems software.

C++ is an evolution of C, and while it is used mainly to build systems software, it can also be used in games, mobile and web applications, and desktop programs. It is a robust language that many developers enjoy using.


Lastly, C#, read as “see sharp,” rose to fame because it is the language of all Microsoft’s .Net Framework. This language allows developers to build applications and programs that can run on Microsoft Windows operating system.

These four languages are the building blocks of the Internet. They are used together build applications and web pages with features that rarely fail to impress and engage. Next week, we will talk about the last three top programming languages of 2017.