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6 New Programming Languages to Learn in 2016

... Editorial Team

If you are a programmer and want to stay ahead of the curve, it’s important that you keep track of new programming languages and trends. By learning new programming languages and updating your skills you will stay in demand and command a premium in the job market. The new programming languages come with new features, frameworks and are generally faster compared to their more established peers. So even otherwise, it will help you to add more value to you coding skills.

While the popular programming languages like Java, Python, and Objective C etc. are robust languages, some of new programming languages are simpler, faster and feature loaded to take your work to a completely new level. Here are 6 relatively new (not necessarily brand new) programming languages we recommend you explore in 2016 and try am add at least one to your skill arsenal.

1. Google Go

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Google Go, also known as golang, combines the ease of programming of an interpreted, dynamically typed language with the efficiency and safety of a statically typed, compiled language.  It is faster, easier to learn and comes loaded with all the functionalities. No wonder it has been gaining popularity since its launch in 2009 and already has marquee names like BBC, SoundCloud, Facebook , Dropbox, Mozilla, and Tumblr are using the language. By late 2014, that number is reported to be 22,264, making it more popular than languages such as Perl, CoffeeScript, and Scala.

Adoption by large companies and support from programmers is creating more demand for people well-versed in Go. Stack Overflow Careers has started showing increased numbers of job listings for Go developers. Though the numbers still don’t match up to the numbers for the older languages, future trends seem to be changing direction.

2. Swift

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Rust was t born to fix grievances with Objective-C (particularly its confusing syntax), the language used to build apps for Apple’s iOS and Mac devices. According to Apple, Swift brings the best of Python and Ruby together and adds modern programming fundamentals. Between Objective-C or Swift, the latter is faster, more stable, and easier to write in. Swift was released in the Apple’s WWDC in 2014 and it has received a massive amount of support ever since—which is why it has grown from 1,989 GitHub repositories to 11,138.

Companies such as Getty Images, Duolingo, LinkedIn, and American Airlines are all using Swift. There is also a growing job market for individuals specializing in Swift as per the trends available with Stack Overflow Careers.

3. Rust

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The Rust Programming Language was launched in 2014 by Mozilla. It did not receive the immediate success that Hack and Go did, but in the last 6 months the number of Rust users in the world has escalated and it is expected to climb much higher with strong backing by Mozilla and Samsung.

4. Hack

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Hack comes from the stable of Tech giant Facebook and is fast gaining popularity. ." Facebook has also released an open source version of the programming language.

Facebook itself has transformed almost their entire PHP codebase to Hack. The social network firm said: “We have deployed Hack at Facebook and it has been a great success. Over the last year, we have migrated nearly our entire PHP codebase to Hack, thanks to both organic adoption and a number of homegrown refactoring tools”

5. Julia

Julia is described as a high level, high performance, dynamic programming language for technical computing. It delivers Hadoop style parallelism, i.e. it has simple mechanisms for distributing parallel algorithms across a cluster. Further, Julia is much faster than Python. Many basic benchmarks run 30 times faster than Python and often run a bit faster than C code. If you deal with voluminous data and enjoy Python’s syntax, Julia is the next language to learn.

6. Dart

Google Dart, unveiled as a substitute for Javascript for browser apps, didn’t enjoy as much success as Google Go did. However, things seem to be changing with app developers finding Dart useful in implementing high performance architecture and performing modern app development. If you are building a dynamic Web app and are tired of JavaScript, Dart offers a clean syntax for creating multiple dancing DIVs filled with data from various Web sources.

All these programming languages have their pros and cons and one has to take a call based on one’s career roadmap. Well the bottom-line is that even if you don’t plan on using any one of these languages exclusively, it never hurts to be up-to-date with the latest technology.

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