Do you know which is the most used programming language in the world? JavaScript

JavaScript is the most used programming language in the world

JavaScript is the most used programming language in the world

Among hundreds of programming languages available in the world, do you know which is the most used programming language? What is your favourite?

According to a 2016 study carried out by Stack Overflow, which is one of the biggest forum for programmers, JavaScript is the most popular development language used all over the world. For the latest study (the forum carries out such studies every year) they asked questions from over 50,000 developers using the network to find out which is the most used programming language in the world. The survey found out that 55.4% people responded that they are using JavaScript as their preferred programming language. Surprisingly, 46% of the developers that use JavaScript have no computer science degree.

More than 92% of the respondents that say that JavaScript is the most used programming language in the world are males.

What about PHP? PHP is a server side language and JavaScript is, in most of the cases, client side language. You won’t say that since I’m using JavaScript more so I’m using PHP less although you can do many things in JavaScript that are a bit difficult to achieve in PHP. According to the Stack Overflow study, since last year PHP has fallen 4%. Whereas around 55.4% people are using JavaScript, just 25% people claim to be using PHP as their preferred programming language. Technology experts believe that this might be attributed to the rise of Node and Angular – these are massive JavaScript libraries that let you do stuff that was possible on the server side, especially Ajax.

But in reality JavaScript, as the name goes is a script. Until a few years ago it wasn’t known as a programming language like C++ or Java. It was mostly used to make webpages interactive and since most of the time basic functions like form validations were being performed using JavaScript, it was less of a programming language and more of a script (something you used to create small programming routines or macros). Although it’s a bit difficult because the syntax resembles that of the programming language C a lot, the basic JavaScript functions can be easily performed by someone who is not a regular programmer.

I think this is one of the primary reasons why JavaScript is the most used programming language in the world – more or less it’s quite easy to perform basic functions with JavaScript. Everything is taken care of by your browser. There is no extra software required to run a JavaScript function as long as this function is being used on a webpage. You cannot create the regular EXE files with JavaScript.

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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