History of programming languages - DevSkiller (2023)

Computer programming is the very basis of the digital age that we live in today. Every time you like a post on social media, send an email, or set an alarm on your phone, a programming language is working behind the scenes – pulling the strings.

But where did it all begin? And what spurred its growth into the leading industry that exists today? Most of all, why is knowing the history of programming languages important to hiring developers?

Join us, as we embark on a tour of the history of programming languages. This retrospective will demonstrate how much computer programming has developed over the years. It’ll take you back from the early languages and complicated machine code to sophisticated human-readable language that powers our favorite technologies today.

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The first programming language

Did you know that the first programming language was invented way back in 1843? Ada Lovelace came up with the first-ever machine algorithm for an early computing machine that she wrote down on a piece of paper because no computers existed at the time! Programming languages have obviously come a long way since then but in order to understand the history of programming languages, one must first acknowledge their origin.

History of programming languages: A timeline

Listed below is a timeline of the history of programming languages. The first known programming languages were complicated machine codes that were manually inputted into early computing machines. As you’ll discover, computer programming developed quickly from machine codes to fully automated human-readable code.

1843: Ada Lovelace’s machine algorithm

Ada Lovelace invents the first-ever machine algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Difference Machine that lays the foundation for all programming languages.

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1944-45: Plankalkül

Somewhere between 1944-45, Konrad Zuse developed the first ‘real’ programming language called Plankalkül (Plan Calculus). Zeus’s language (among other things) allowed for the creations of procedures, which stored chunks of code that could be invoked over and over to perform routine operations.

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1949: Assembly Language

Assembly language was used in the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC). Assembly language was a type of low-level programming language that simplified the language of machine code. In other words, the specific instructions necessary to operate a computer.

1949: Shortcode

Shortcode (or Short-order code), was the first High-Level Language (HLL) suggested by John McCauley in 1949. However, it was William Schmitt who implemented it for the BINAC computer the same year and for the UNIVAC in 1950.

1952: Autocode

Autocode was a general term used for a family of programming languages. First developed by Alick Glennie for the Mark 1 computer at the University of Manchester, Autocode was the first-ever compiled language to be implemented meaning that it can be translated directly into machine code using a program called a compiler. Autocode was used on the Ferranti Pegasus and Sirius early computing machines in addition to the Mark 1.

1957: FORTRAN

FORmula TRANslation or FORTRAN was created by John Backus and is considered to be the oldest programming language in use today. The programming language was created for high-level scientific, mathematical, and statistical computations. FORTRAN is still in use today in some of the world’s most advanced supercomputers.

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1958: ALGOL (Algorithmic Language)

Algorithmic language or ALGOL was created by a joint committee of American and European computer scientists. ALGOL served as the starting point for the development of some of the most important programming languages including Pascal, C, C++, and Java.

1958: LISP (List Processor)

List processor or LISP was invented by John McCarthy at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT). Originally purposed for artificial intelligence, LISP is one of the oldest programming languages still in use today and can be used in the place of Ruby or Python. Companies such as Acceleration, Boeing, and Genworks are still using LISP in their tech stacks.

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1959: COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language)

Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL), is the programming language behind many credit card processors, ATMs, telephone and cell calls, hospital signals, and traffic signals systems (just to name a few). The development of the language was led by Dr. Grace Murray Hopper and was designed so that it could run on all brands and types of computers. COBOL is still used to this day primarily for banking and gamification systems.

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1964: BASIC (Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)

Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code or BASIC was developed by a group of students at Dartmouth College. The language was written for students who did not have a strong understanding of mathematics or computers. The language was developed further by Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen and became the first marketable product of the company.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (6)1970: PASCAL

Named after the French mathematician Blaise Pascal, Niklaus Wirth developed the programming language in his honor. It was developed as a learning tool for computer programming which meant it was easy to learn. It was favored by Apple in the company’s early days, because of its ease of use and power.

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1972: Smalltalk

Developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre by Alan Kay, Adele Goldberg, and Dan Ingalls, Smalltalk allowed for computer programmers to modify code on the fly. It introduced a variety of programming language aspects that are visible languages of today such as Python, Java, and Ruby. Companies such as Leafly, Logitech, and CrowdStrike state they use Smalltalk in their tech stacks.

1972: C

Developed by Dennis Ritchie at the Bell Telephone Laboratories for use with the Unix operating system. It was called C because it was based on an earlier language called ‘B’. Many of the current leading languages are derivatives of C including; C#, Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, and Python. It also has been/still being used by huge companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (9)1972: SQL (SEQUEL at the time)

SQL was first developed by IBM researchers Raymond Boyce and Donald Chamberlain. SEQUEL (as it was referred to at the time), is used for viewing and changing information that is stored in databases. Nowadays the language is an acronym – SQL, which stands for Structured Query Language. There are a plethora of companies that use SQL and some of them include Microsoft and Accenture.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (10)1980/81: Ada

Ada was originally designed by a team led by Jean Ichbiah of CUU Honeywell Bull under contract to the United States Department of Defense. Named after the mid-19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace, Ada is a structured, statically typed, imperative, wide-spectrum, and object-oriented high-level programming language. Ada was extended from other popular programming languages at the time such as Pascal. Ada is used for air-traffic management systems in countries such as Australia, Belgium, and Germany as well as a host of other transport and space projects.

1983: C++

Bjarne Stroustrup modified the C language at the Bell Labs, C++ is an extension of C with enhancements such as classes, virtual functions, and templates. It has been listed in the top 10 programming languages since 1986 and received Hall of Fame status in 2003. C++ is used in MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, game engines, and other high-performance software.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (11)1983: Objective-C

Developed by Brad Cox and Tom Love, Objective-C is the main programming language used to write software for macOS and iOS, Apple’s operating systems.

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1987: Perl

Perl was created by Larry Wall and is a general-purpose, high-level programming language. It was originally designed as a scripting language designed for text editing but nowadays it’s widely used for many purposes such as CGI, database applications, system administration, network programming, and graphic programming.

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1990: Haskell

Haskell is a general-purpose programming language named after the American logician and mathematician Haskell Brooks Curry. It is a purely functional programming language meaning it’s primarily mathematical. It’s used across multiple industries particularly those that deal with complicated calculations, records, and number-crunching. Like many other programming languages from this era, it is not overly common to see Haskell in use for well-known applications. With that said, the programming language has been used to write a number of games one of which is Nikki and the Robots.

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1991: Python

Named after the British comedy troupe ‘Monty Python’, Python was developed by Guido Van Rossum. It is a general-purpose, high-level programming language created to support a variety of programming styles and be fun to use (a number of the tutorials, samples, and instructions often contain Monty Python references). Python is, to this day, one of the most popular programming languages in the world is used by companies such as Google, yahoo, and Spotify.

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1991: Visual Basic

Developed by Microsoft, Visual Basic allows programmers to utilize a drag-and-drop style of choosing and changing pre-selected chunks of code through a graphical user interface (GUI). The language is not overly used these days however Microsoft has used portions Visual Basic to a number of their applications like Word, Excel, and Access.

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1993: Ruby

Created by Yukihiro Matsumoto, Ruby is an interpreted high-level programming language. A teaching language which was influenced by Perl, Ada, Lisp, and Smalltalk – among others. Ruby’s primary uses are for web applications development and Ruby on Rails. Twitter, Hulu, and Groupon are some well-known examples of companies that use Ruby.

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1995: Java

Java is a general-purpose, high-level language created by James Gosling for an interactive TV project. It has cross-platform functionality and is consistently among the top of the world’s most popular programming languages. Java can be found everywhere, from computers to smartphones to parking meters.

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1995: PHP

Formerly known as ‘Personal Home Page’ which now stands for ‘Hypertext Preprocessor’, PHP was developed by Rasmus Lerdorf. Its primary uses include building and maintaining dynamic web pages, as well as server-side development. Some of the biggest companies from across the globe use PHP including Facebook, Wikipedia, Digg, WordPress, and Joomla.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (19)1995: JavaScript

JavaScript was created by Brendan Eich, this language is primarily used for dynamic web development, PDF documents, web browsers, and desktop widgets. Almost every major website uses JavaScript. Gmail, Adobe Photoshop, and Mozilla Firefox include some well-known examples.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (20)2000: C#

Developed at Microsoft with the hope of combining the computing ability of C++ with the simplicity of Visual Basic, C# is based on C++ and shares many similarities with Java. The language is used in almost all Microsoft products and is seen primarily in developing desktop applications.

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2003: Scala

Developed by Martin Odersky, Scala which combines mathematical functional programming and organized object-oriented programming. Scala’s compatibility with Java makes it helpful with Android development. Linkedin, Twitter, Foursquare, and Netflix are just a few examples of the many companies that use Scala in their tech stacks.

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History of programming languages - DevSkiller (22)2003: Groovy

Derived from Java, Groovy was developed by James Strachan and Bob McWhirter. The language improves productivity because of its succinct and easy to learn. Some well-known companies that are using Groovy in their tech stacks are Starbucks, Transferwise, and Craftbase.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (23)2009: Go

Go was developed by Google to address issues that occur due to large software systems. Due to its simple and modern structure, Go has gained popularity among some of the largest tech companies around the world such as Google, Uber, Twitch, and Dropbox.

History of programming languages - DevSkiller (24)2014: Swift

Developed by Apple as a replacement for C, C++, and Objective-C, Swift was developed with the intention to be easier than the aforementioned languages and allow less room for error. Swift’s versatility means it can be used for desktop, mobile, and cloud applications. Leading language app ‘Duolingo’ launched a new app that was written in Swift.History of programming languages - DevSkiller (25)

What old programming languages are still used today?

Not all programming languages last forever. Whether it’s a result of developments in technology or simply being replaced by a more sophisticated language. With that said, there are some old programming languages that arestill being used by IT professionals today:

FORTRAN

The initial version of FORTRAN was proposed at IBM by John Backus way back in 1953. It was the first optimizer compiler and was widely used for scientific work because it’s optimized code competed favorably with hand-written assembly code. The language is still used to this day on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. There have been a string of updates since 1953 with the most recent version released in 2018.

COBOL

COBOL was developed back in 1959 and was one of the first high-level programming languages. Despite being invented so long ago COBOL is still hugely prevalent today. In the US alone, 43% of banking systems are built on COBOL, accounting for 95% of ATM swipes, and 80% of in-person transactions.

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Early Microsoft and Apple Programming Languages

Microsoft and Apple are two of the most fundamental companies in the history of programming languages. BASIC (first released in 1964), was modified by Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. Their modified version became Altair BASIC, which was the first marketed and distributed product of Microsoft, and led to the creation of the company.

Pascal was the programming language of choice during the early days of Apple. Invented in the early 1970s, Apple developers liked Pascal because of its power and ease of use. However, when Apple acquired the NeXTSTEP code library in 1996, Objective-C (which was licensed under NeXTSTEP) became the popular language of choice for the tech giant.

What is the most popular programming language today?

We’re nearing the end of our journey through the history of programming languages. As you’ve seen, computer programming has developed to a level beyond all expectation, powering the technology that we rely on a daily basis. It’s for this reason that we need skilled professionals to implement and control the programming languages that power the world today.

But which programming language is the most popular?

The DevSkiller 2020 IT Skills Report provides valuable insight for precisely that question. The report contains data from over 213,000 coding tests sent across 143 countries by companies looking to hire specialized IT professionals.

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History of programming languages - DevSkiller (27)As you can see above, JavaScript was the most popular language tested on DevSkiller based on the test invites that were sent out. This finding is confirmed in the 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey which lists JavaScript as the most popular programming language for the eighth year in a row. SQL, Java, HTML/CSS, and .NET/C# rounded out the top 5 in our results.

Conclusion

The history of programming languages is fascinating. Who would have thought that an algorithm from the mid-19th century would pave the way for the technology-driven society we live in today. From early machine codes to the sophisticated human-readable code that powers our favorite technologies today, programming languages have come a long way. What’s for certain, computer programming will continue to develop as it has done for the past 150 years and it’s exciting to see what the future brings.

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FAQs

What is the history of programming languages? ›

1883: The first programming language was developed in 1883 when Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage worked together on the Analytical Engine, which was a primitive mechanical computer. Lovelace was able to discern the importance of numbers, realizing that they could represent more than just numerical values of things.

Which is the oldest programming language? ›

The first commercially available language was FORTRAN (FORmula TRANslation), developed in 1956 (first manual appeared in 1956, but first developed in 1954) by a team led by John Backus at IBM.

Which came first Java or C#? ›

Which Came First – Java or C#? Java is older than C#, released in 1995 by a team led by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems.

Who first invented programming? ›

The inventor of programming, Ada Lovelece, was born in 1815, and was the only daughter of the British writer Lord Byron, who died of illness while fighting in the Greek War of Independence when Ada was 8 years old.

What are the 4 types of programming language? ›

5 major types of programming languages
  • Procedural programming languages. A procedural language follows a sequence of statements or commands in order to achieve a desired output. ...
  • Functional programming languages. ...
  • Object-oriented programming languages. ...
  • Scripting languages. ...
  • Logic programming languages.
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Who is the father of programming language? ›

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011) was an American computer scientist. He is most well-known for creating the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system and B programming language.
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Dennis Ritchie
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What is the 2nd oldest programming language? ›

Lisp. The second-oldest high-level programming language still in widespread use today is Lisp, which was introduced just a year after Fortran.

Which country made first programming language? ›

First developed by Alick Glennie for the Mark 1 computer at the University of Manchester, Autocode was the first-ever compiled language to be implemented meaning that it can be translated directly into machine code using a program called a compiler.

What is the hardest programming language? ›

Haskell. The language is named after a mathematician and is usually described to be one of the hardest programming languages to learn. It is a completely functional language built on lambda calculus.

Which is older Java or C++? ›

Java was developed in 1995, and C++ was developed in 1997.

Is C# copied from Java? ›

No, C# is not a copy of Java. C# is an evolution of the C-style languages, which Java is also part of. C# was developed after Java, and learned a lot. A lot of what they learned came from what IS in Java and a lot of what they learned is what is NOT in Java.

Which came first C or C++? ›

At the turn of the 1980s, Bjarne Stroustrup began developing the C++ programming language as an extension of C.

How is programming language created? ›

Just write down some instructions and some rules for what they do, and voila, you've created a programming language. If you write down these rules using slightly fancy language, you would call that the specification of your language and have a very good claim to have created a programming language.

What is the first programming language to learn? ›

Java. Java is one of the oldest object-oriented languages and one of the most sought-after languages to be proficient in. Because of its popularity, Java tutorials and information are widely available, making this a great candidate for starting your first programming project.

Who invented Python? ›

¶ When he began implementing Python, Guido van Rossum was also reading the published scripts from “Monty Python's Flying Circus”, a BBC comedy series from the 1970s. Van Rossum thought he needed a name that was short, unique, and slightly mysterious, so he decided to call the language Python.

What are the 5 main programming languages? ›

To help you out, here are the top 5 programming languages for developers to get a grip on in 2022.
  • 1 Python. Python is the simplest language that can be learned by beginners. ...
  • 2 C/C++ C/C++ is used by people who continue to work on Microsoft and Windows. ...
  • 3 Java. ...
  • SQL. ...
  • Javascript.
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What are the 3 types of codes? ›

The Three Types of Code
  • Boring Code. Boring code is when it makes perfect sense when you read it. ...
  • Salt Mine Code. This is the type of code that's bonkers and makes not a lick of sense. ...
  • Radioactive Code. Radioactive code is the real problem at the heart of every engineering team.
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What are the 5 fundamental concepts of programming? ›

Here are the 5 basic concepts of any programming language:
  • Variables.
  • Control Structures.
  • Data Structures.
  • Syntax.
  • Tools.

Who is the mother of programming? ›

Ada Lovelace was born into a historically famous family. She could have lived well through her father's fame and her mother's money-instead she decided to write a computational algorithm, earning her the title of the mother of programming, and became the first computer programmer in the mid-1800s1,2.

Who is the father of C++? ›

One of the symposium speakers was Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup, the designer and original implementer of the programming language C++, a programming language used worldwide. Dr. Stroustrup began developing C++ in 1979, which first made its public appearance in 1985.

Why C is called mother of all languages? ›

C language is considered as the mother language of all the modern programming languages because most of the compilers, JVMs, Kernels, etc. are written in C language, and most of the programming languages follow C syntax, for example, C++, Java, C#, etc.

What is the new programming language? ›

Kotlin: It is a statically typed language for modern multiplatform applications. Kotlin supports procedural programming with the use of functions. It became the third language fully compatible with Android after C++ and Java.

How many coding languages are there? ›

According to the Online Historical Encyclopaedia of Programming Languages, people have created about 8,945 coding languages. Today, various sources report anywhere from 250-2,500 coding languages, although far fewer rank as top contenders in the commonly used group.

Is C language the oldest language? ›

C is yet another one among the oldest programming languages that are still in use in 2022 because of its ease to develop a program. C was developed at Bell Labs by Dennis Ritchie in the early 1970s and has been widely used by various research-oriented industrial, academic, and government organizations.

Who wrote the first compiler? ›

In 1951, Grace Hopper wrote the first compiler, A-0 (www.byte.com). A compiler is a program that turns the language's statements into 0's and 1's for the computer to understand.

What was the first programming platform? ›

Officially, the first programming language for a computer was Plankalkül, developed by Konrad Zuse for the Z3 between 1943 and 1945. However, it was not implemented until 1998.

Why was coding invented? ›

Computer programming languages were invented to make it easier to develop computer programs. Before this, programmers had to code a computer in the machine instructions for each processor.

What is the smartest language? ›

  • Northeastern Mandarin.
  • Central Plain Mandarin.
  • North China Mandarin (including the Standard Mandarin)
  • Yangtze-Huai River Mandarin.
  • Jiao-Liao Mandarin.
  • Southwestern Mandarin.
  • Northwestern Mandarin.

Which is the easiest coding language? ›

The 5 Easiest Programming Languages
  • HTML and CSS. HTML, which stands for HyperText Markup Language, is one of the most common programming languages for beginners, as it's often seen as the most straightforward programming language to learn. ...
  • JavaScript. ...
  • Python. ...
  • C, C++, and C# ...
  • Java.

Which programming language is easy? ›

Python is always recommended if you're looking for an easy and even fun programming language to learn first. Rather than having to jump into strict syntax rules, Python reads like English and is simple to understand for someone who's new to programming.

Is C language is older than Python? ›

Notably, the C programming language is quite a bit older. It came out in 1972, while Python first appeared in 1991. Since its arrival, programmers have positively embraced C for its speed and portability. Python gained more popularity at the beginning of the 21st century when it was a decade old.

Is C++ harder than Java? ›

Most experts will tell you that Java is easier to learn. It's a newer language than C++ and isn't as complex in its principles or execution. However, there's more to consider than a language's learning curve. Selecting a programming language comes down to what you want to do with it.

Why is Java more popular than C++? ›

Nowadays, Java is often the default choice for scientific applications, including natural language processing. The main reason for this is because it is safe, portable, maintainable and comes with better high-level concurrency tools than C++ or any other language.

Why C# is faster than Java? ›

However, according to benchmarks around the web, C# tends to perform better overall. Its response time is shorter, besides taking up less CPU load. To note fairly, when coupled together with Just-In-Time compilers, Java provides high performance too.

Is C# slower than C++? ›

C++ code is much faster than C# code, which makes it a better solution for applications where performance is important. For instance, your network analysis software might need some C++ code, but performance is probably not a huge issue for a standard word processing application coded in C#.

Which is more powerful Java or C#? ›

Why is C# Faster than Java? C# is generally considered faster than Java, although the difference is insignificant. Both languages are compiled, but C# uses a just-in-time compiler while Java uses an ahead-of-time compiler. This means that C# code is typically executed more quickly.

Is C++ better than Python? ›

C++ is faster than Python because it is statically typed, which leads to a faster compilation of code. Python is slower than C++, it supports dynamic typing, and it also uses the interpreter, which makes the process of compilation slower.

Why is Java not popular? ›

Java is not simple

The language is easy to learn because Java code is straightforward to write, organize, and compile. But it's not simple because code written in Java tends to be more verbose and more tedious to write. You also have to compile it, which makes Java much less convenient than languages like Python.

Why is C more popular than C++? ›

C has a stable ABI (Application Binary Interface) increasing compatibility between different compilers. 8. C is somewhat more efficient than C++ since it doesn't need for Virtual Method Table (VMT) lookups. VMT — It is a mechanism used in programming languages to support dynamic dispatch (or Runtime Method Binding).

What is programming used for? ›

Computer programming is the process of writing code to facilitate specific actions in a computer, application or software program, and instructs them on how to perform.

What is a programming language made of? ›

A programming language is made up of specific terms and directions that are used to create some type of output, such as websites, apps, and other software. Languages like Javascript, Python, and Java are often used by websites for a variety of purposes.

Why do we use programming language? ›

Computer programming languages allow us to give instructions to a computer in a language the computer understands. Just as many human-based languages exist, there are an array of computer programming languages that programmers can use to communicate with a computer.

Which programming language is best? ›

What coding and programming language should i learn? JavaScript and Python, two of the most popular languages in the startup industry, are in high demand. Most startups use Python-based backend frameworks such as Django (Python), Flask (Python), and NodeJS (JavaScript).

Which programming language is most used in the world? ›

Most widely utilized programming languages among developers worldwide 2022. As of 2022, JavaScript and HTML/CSS were the most commonly used programming languages among software developers around the world, with more than 65 percent of respondents stating that they used JavaScript and just over 55 percent using HTML/CSS ...

What is the best language? ›

The 10 Best Languages to Learn in 2022 (and where to learn them)
  1. Chinese. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world—spoken in some form by 1.2 billion people—so it only makes sense to include it on this list. ...
  2. Spanish. ...
  3. Korean. ...
  4. French. ...
  5. German. ...
  6. 6. Japanese. ...
  7. Italian. ...
  8. Portuguese.
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Who found C++ language? ›

Stroustrup's C++ built upon the C programming language, developed by Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs. Bjarne Stroustrup joined the 1127 Computing Science Research Center of AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1979.

When was Python first used? ›

The programming language Python was conceived in the late 1980s, and its implementation was started in December 1989 by Guido van Rossum at CWI in the Netherlands as a successor to ABC capable of exception handling and interfacing with the Amoeba operating system.

What type of language is Python? ›

Python is a computer programming language often used to build websites and software, automate tasks, and conduct data analysis. Python is a general-purpose language, meaning it can be used to create a variety of different programs and isn't specialized for any specific problems.

What is the first programming language to learn? ›

Java. Java is one of the oldest object-oriented languages and one of the most sought-after languages to be proficient in. Because of its popularity, Java tutorials and information are widely available, making this a great candidate for starting your first programming project.

Why were computer programming languages invented? ›

Computer programming languages were invented to make it easier to develop computer programs. Before this, programmers had to code a computer in the machine instructions for each processor.

What is programming language in simple words? ›

A programming language is a vocabulary and set of grammatical rules for instructing a computer or computing device to perform specific tasks. • The term programming language usually refers to high-level languages, such as BASIC, C, C++, COBOL, Java, FORTRAN, Ada, and Pascal.

Which country made the first programming language? ›

First developed by Alick Glennie for the Mark 1 computer at the University of Manchester, Autocode was the first-ever compiled language to be implemented meaning that it can be translated directly into machine code using a program called a compiler.

What is the hardest programming language? ›

Haskell. The language is named after a mathematician and is usually described to be one of the hardest programming languages to learn. It is a completely functional language built on lambda calculus.

What is the most powerful programming language? ›

Java is one of the most powerful programming languages that is currently used in more than 3 billion devices. Java is currently one of the most trending technology. It is used in desktop applications, mobile applications, web development, Artificial intelligence, cloud applications, and many more.

Which programming language is best? ›

What coding and programming language should i learn? JavaScript and Python, two of the most popular languages in the startup industry, are in high demand. Most startups use Python-based backend frameworks such as Django (Python), Flask (Python), and NodeJS (JavaScript).

How is programming language created? ›

Just write down some instructions and some rules for what they do, and voila, you've created a programming language. If you write down these rules using slightly fancy language, you would call that the specification of your language and have a very good claim to have created a programming language.

What is programming used for? ›

Computer programming is the process of writing code to facilitate specific actions in a computer, application or software program, and instructs them on how to perform.

What is programming language and its types? ›

The languages that are used to write a program or set of instructions are called "Programming languages". Programming languages are broadly categorized into three types − Machine level language. Assembly level language. High-level language.

What are the 3 types of programming language? ›

There are three types of programming languages: machine language, assembly language, and high-level language. Machine language is easier for the computer to understand but harder for the programmer to understand. This is because machine language is simply the language of machines—bits.

What are the 3 types of language? ›

Oral, manual and tactile languages contain a phonological system that governs how symbols are used to form sequences known as words or morphemes, and a syntactic system that governs how words and morphemes are combined to form phrases and utterances.

What are the 5 main programming languages? ›

To help you out, here are the top 5 programming languages for developers to get a grip on in 2022.
  • 1 Python. Python is the simplest language that can be learned by beginners. ...
  • 2 C/C++ C/C++ is used by people who continue to work on Microsoft and Windows. ...
  • 3 Java. ...
  • SQL. ...
  • Javascript.
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What is the 2nd oldest programming language? ›

Lisp. The second-oldest high-level programming language still in widespread use today is Lisp, which was introduced just a year after Fortran.

Who wrote the first compiler? ›

In 1951, Grace Hopper wrote the first compiler, A-0 (www.byte.com). A compiler is a program that turns the language's statements into 0's and 1's for the computer to understand.

What was the first programming platform? ›

Officially, the first programming language for a computer was Plankalkül, developed by Konrad Zuse for the Z3 between 1943 and 1945. However, it was not implemented until 1998.

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