Top 5 Web Development Languages for 2016
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.