10 Programming languages to learn in 2018 - (Kotlin, Go, Python, Rust, and More)

Hello guys, 2017 is coming to end and 2018 is approaching. This is the time, most of us start making our goals e.g. physical goals, educational goals, and financial goals. As a programmer, one of our goals is to learn new technologies and programming languages, but which languages should you learn? Since learning a programming language requires both time and patience, you should learn a language which is worth the effort i.e. it can reward you a better job and career growth. In this article, I am going to share with you the top 10 programming languages for 2018 as per StackOverflow's 2017 survey.

There are many sites which publish the list of top programming languages or technologies but for me and my friends who use StackOverflow on a regular basis, it's developer survey provides a lot of useful insight.

The StackOverflow contains the biggest list of questions and answers on programming languages, I trust its list to be much more accurate than other sources.

Even though Java is my favorite language and I know a bit of C and C++, I am striving to learn more programming language to expand my knowledge and improve my arsenal in the coming year.

I am particularly interested in Kotlin and Rust, but you might be interested in something else. This list of top 10 programming language will help you to make your learning goal for 2018.



10 Programming Languages to learn in 2018

Btw, my list is a little bit different from the StackOverflow as I have used my experience to tweak a bit and what you should learn in 2018.


Kotlin
If you are thinking seriously about Android App development then Kotlin is the programming language to learn in 2018. It is probably the next big thing happening on Android world.

Even though Java is my preferred language, Kotlin has got native support and many IDEs e.g. IntelliJ IDEA and Android Studio is supporting Kotile for Android development.

If you want to learn Kotlin in 2018 then The Complete Android Kotlin Developer Course is probably the best online course to start with.

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Python
Python has now toppled Java to become the most taught programming languages in Universities and Academica. Btw, I have been trying to learn Python from last year but somehow its always get pushed down on my list of goals.

It's a very powerful language and great to generate scripts. You will find a python module for everything you can think of e.g. I was looking for a command to listen to UDP traffic on Linux but couldn't find anything, then I wrote a Python script in 10 minutes to do the same.

 If you want to learn Python in 2018, the Python Fundamentals from Pluralsight is the best online course to start with.


JavaScript
Believe it or not but JavaScript is the #1 language of the web. The rise of frameworks like jQuery, Angular JS and React JS has made JavaScript even more popular. Since you just cannot stay away from the web, it's better to learn JavaScript sooner than later.

Even if you are not using Angular JS or React JS, there are many other libraries e.g. jQuery which are based on JavaScript and it's also the number one language for client-side validation, which makes it worth to learn JavaScript.

If you decide to learn JavaScript in 2018 then this  JavaScript Masterclass is a good place to start with.

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Java
Finally Java, one of the most popular, powerful and effective programming language. Even though I have been using Java for years, there are still many things I have to learn e.g. many Java 8 features and now the new release of JDK 9.

My goal for 2018 is to focus on Java 8 and 9 changes. If yours is same then the Complete Java MasterClass is a good place to start with, it was updated for Java 9 recently.

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Go
This is another language I am thinking to learn in 2018. I know it's not very popular and same time hard to learn but I feel its usage is going to increase in 2018.

Since there are not many Go developers around and many companies are going to adopt it, its probably the best time to learn Go, especially if you want to create frameworks and things like that.

If you can invest some time and become an expert in Go, you're going to be in high demand. So, how to start? Well, the Go: The Complete Developer's Guide from Udemy is the online course I am going to take to start with Go, which I bought last month on just 10$ from Udemy sale price.

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C#
I am not a big fan of C# and probably I won't learn it in 2018 but you may want to. It's any way a great language to developer GUI. Anway, if you happen to decide to learn C# in 2018 then you can also check out the Learn to Code by Making Games - Complete C# Unity Developer from Udemy, I see more than 200K students have enrolled on this course, which speaks for its popularity.



Swift
If you are thinking about iOS development e.g. making apps for iPhone and iPad then you should seriously consider learning Swift in 2018. It replaces Objective C as the preferred language to develop iOS apps. Since I am the Android guy, I have no goal with respect to Swift but if you do, you can start with the iOS 11 and Swift 4 - The Complete iOS App Development Bootcamp, another good course from Udemy I bought last month.

Best language to learn in 2018



Rust
To be honest, I don't know much about Rust and its usage as I have never used it, but whatever I heard, its a good language for developers. It has won first place for "most loved programming language" in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey in 2016 and 2017.

I think, If you are an experienced programmer and you're looking for a new language in 2018, Rust might be a good choice because developers love this language. If you decide to learn Rust in 2018, Rust Fundamentals is a good to start with.

why learn Rust in 2018



PHP
Yup, another surprise. If you thought that PHP is dead then you are wrong. It's still alive and kicking. If you know, 50% of internet websites are built using PHP, hence you cannot ignore the power of PHP. Though it's not on my list of things to learn in 2018, it's still a great programming language to learn and if decide to learn PHP, then PHP for Beginners is a good starting point.

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C/C++
Both C and C++ are evergreen languages and most of you know from your Academics btw, if you are doing some serious work in C++ then your Academic experience will not be enough. You need to join a comprehensive online course e.g. C++: From Beginner to Expert to become industry ready.

should you learn C++ in 2018


Btw, here is the screenshot of StackOverflow's 2017 developer survey in terms of most popular programming language:

10 Programming languages to learn in 2018


That's all about some of the best programming languages you can learn in 2018. You can choose one or two languages from this list and focus on that. Even if you learn just one programming language apart from the one you use on daily basis, you will be in good shape for your career growth. The most important thing right now is to make your goal and try your best to achieve in 2018.

Wish you All Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.

P.S. - If you are looking for some gift ideas for your programmer friend on this holiday season then you can check-out my list of 10 best gifts for programmers and tech geeks.

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