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Selecting the Right Programming Language Made Easier

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When it comes to designing a website or creating an application, the choice of the programming language is one of most crucial decisions to make. All programming languages have their pros and cons and you need to analyze these based on the demands and the scope of your project. Rate languages on different factors and prioritize these factors based on your need. The most popular programming language in the world may not be the best for your project. There are many factors that you should consider during the course of zeroing in a language which meets the demands of your project. Here are some of the things which you must have in mind while making your choice.

Needs of Your Project

The first and foremost thing that you ought to consider is the need of your project. What is the type of application that you are going to build? It is simply the horse for course policy where you choose a language purely based on your needs. For instance, when it comes to applications for the financial sector where large scale calculations are inherent, feature languages such as Scala, Java, and C# stand out. While in case of media and advertising based apps where design and creativity matter, you should opt for languages such as Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, Java or Objective-C. Similarly for applications used in the R&D industry, programming languages such as Erlang and Python are popular with the developers.

Target Platforms

Once you have made the choice based on the needs of your project the next thing you need to consider is that are the target platforms where your applications will find use. For instance, if you are developing an application in C and plan to run it on Windows and Linux platform, you will need two different compilers and executable files to make the application run successfully. Java having a Java Virtual Machine or the JVM would serve your purpose. This is one of the most important considerations to make. This helps you develop apps which are compatible with the resources that are available with the end user.

Performance

To an end user the performance of your app is the most important factor upon which rests its popularity. So you need to consider the performance while choosing a programming language. The performance depends on a variety of factors including the platform on which the application would run and the genre of the application. Creating an application which needs fast mathematical calculation in PHP would spoil the party as this language isn’t meant to do so. Here, choice of Python or Java would be ideal. Similarly where graphics and audio visual elements matter more to the user, PHP would be a wonderful choice.

Scalability

Your application isn’t meant to service only your present day needs but you should also foresee the needs in the future. Ask yourself a few questions – will the application allow you to add new features easily? Will you be able to increase the capability of the application without adding a new library? If you don’t find a suitable library what efforts would it take to add new capability to the application starting from scratch? If you aren’t sure of the answers to these questions or find all these things difficult to achieve in the future you should try finding another language.

Community Support

Last but not least, you also need to consider the support community that is available for these programming languages. There are some programming languages which have a strong community of developers from whom you can seek help whenever required. An active community also means that there is always healthy discussion on the scope of the programming language which will allow you to experiment with newer years of application development and stand ahead of the competition.

All these factors considered should lead you to a good programming language which will not only satisfy your present day business needs but also allow you to scale up the ladder in the near future. Remember there are no bad or good programming languages; in most cases it is the right or the wrong choice which scripts the popularity of an application.

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Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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