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Top 5 Web Development Languages for 2016 

Java is an object-oriented programming language, developed by Sun Microsystems for internet applications. While Java can be used for both client-side and server-side applications, it is most commonly used on the server-side. Java is used for a huge range of games and applications, and is the official development language for Android applications.
Java code looks like a simplified version of C++, but it’s still a complex language that will take a little time to learn. Luckily, there are some very robust free tutorials to get started with. Try Oracle’s Java Tutorials , LearnJavaOnline, Java 101, or CodeAcademy.


Despite the name, JavaScript is not related to Java. JavaScript is a lightweight, client-side programming language. While it can be used for desktop apps and widgets, JavaScript is used primarily in web development. As the only language built into all major web browsers, JavaScript can run without the need for compilers or plug-ins. JavaScript is used to enhance web pages with interactive features (such as polls or quizzes), and for web-based games. No special program is required to write usable Javascript code, so you can get started with any plain text editor, like Notepad or Scratchpad. Free tutorials at HTML.net and Mozilla Developer Network can get you writing your first JavaScript code in minutes.

It’s true – Python is named for British comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”. As a general-use, open-source programming language, Python is used for a huge range of applications, including YouTube and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In fact, Python has recently become the most commonly taught language in computer science courses.
Python’s biggest feature is its incredibly readable, English-like syntax. Python’s own site has a tremendous list of free tutorials to get started quickly.

Created 20 years ago, Ruby is a mature programming language that has gained popularity recently due to its clean, concise, streamlined, and easy-to-learn structure.
The Ruby language can be used on its own, but for web development, it’s often paired with an open-source software library called “Rails.” Rails is a ‘back-end’ web app development platform – it runs on the server side, rather than in the web browser – and it provides a lot of the basic functionality needed for creating a web application. Ruby on Rails has a tremendous network behind it that has produced a lot of free tutorials. Check out Codeacademy, RubyMonk, and Learn Ruby the Hard Way. If you’d like a slightly more offbeat approach, there’s also Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby, which uses stories and comic strips to provide a useful tutorial.

PHP is a powerful, open-source, server-side scripting language…but it came about by accident! PHP originally stood for “Personal Home Page”, and was used by its inventor to – you guessed it – write his home page. As the language grew in both popularity and complexity over time, the acronym was changed to “PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.”PHP is now used as a general-purpose scripting language, but its greatest strength is still in web development. Like Ruby, PHP is a server-side programming language. It’s fairly easy to get started in PHP, and it has a lot to offer more experienced programmers as well. However, since it’s grown organically over time, it’s often difficult to tell what the “best” way to write your program in PHP is. Try reviewing a few tutorials to start, like PHP the Right Way or w3schools, then jump into a sample project so you can learn by doing.