Top 5 Programming Languages To Learn In 2020

Oct. 4, 2020, 7:29 p.m. davidozokoye Programming
 Top 5 programming Languages to Learn in 2020

The demand for programmers and software developers continue to rise each day. Due to the pandemic, many small and large scale businesses are looking to take their businesses online, meaning more businesses and companies will require the services of a software developer.

In a previous post, I shared the top 10 skills with high demand in 2020, and software development continues to top the chart. As promised, in this post, I will share the top 5 programming languages to learn in 2020.

The programming languages on this list were picked based on popularity, ease of learning, and general multiple purpose usage of the language. This period where most parts of the world are on lockdown is the best time to learn a new skill or new programming language. If you have always been interested in programming, a lot of jobs will be lost due to the lockdown while a whole lot will be created as well, mostly in the technology sphere.

However, if your interest is different from programming or you generally find it difficult assimilating, not to worry there is a lot to learn in the technology sector. I have a comprehensive post on the top 10 skills to learn during the lockdown, which will ensure you are job-ready even after the whole coronavirus pandemic is over. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the main purpose of today’s post.

Top 5 Programming Languages To Learn in 2020

5. Swift

Swift is one language that has been available for a long time now. Although its usage is declining each year. It is still a good language to learn if your interest is in building mobile applications for iOS devices. Yes, there are native cross-platform frameworks available now but there are features unique to the language-specific mobile framework as compared to cross-platform frameworks. The learning curve for Swift is pretty swift (lol), a bit user friendly.

4. SQL (Structured Query Language)

There are still controversies as to whether SQL is a programming language or not. SQL is short for Structured Query Language, a language used to communicate with the database directly. Although most modern frameworks make use of MVC (Model View Controller) that uses ORM to define database-related logic. SQL is a pretty good language to learn because most applications make use of a backend and require communications between the database, server, and client-side. The learning curve for SQL is not that User Friendly requires at least a little knowledge of programming in general.

3. Dart (Flutter)

Dart is Google’s own programming language for building native cross-platform mobile applications. Dart was launched in 2018 and has since gained popularity in terms of mobile frameworks to use. It is relatively easy to learn for beginners and statistics show that most startups looking to build a mobile application leverage Dart (Flutter) as their mobile framework. 

However, the language is not multi-purpose, meaning you are limited to being a mobile application developer once you stick with this language. That’s not such a bad thing because the bulk of traffic now is from mobile phones and most users prefer to use mobile applications as compared to visiting the website through a browser.

2. JavaScript

Second on the list is JavaScript, a multipurpose programming language used for pretty much everything you can think of. There are libraries and frameworks for frontend development such as Vue, React, Angular, or using plain JavaScript. In terms of the backend, Node, Express, and most recently deno. JavaScript is also used in mobile application development (React Native, Ionic, Jquery) as well as machine learning (Tensorflow.js). Imagine the power and versatility of learning just one language.

1. Python

According to Google Trends, Python has become the most popular language as of 2020 due to its application in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Python is a general-purpose programming language that can be used for pretty much everything software related to creating web applications using Python web frameworks such as Flask and Django, creating mobile applications using Kivy and most importantly, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning.


There are other essential programming languages not covered in this list that are worth mentioning such as PHP, Java, and Ruby on Rails. These languages are popular and robust, however, according to trends from Google, their popularity is decreasing. Not just that, newer libraries from other languages are making tasks easier as compared to performing them using some other language, and that is the basis for this post, to share the top 5 programming languages to learn that would guarantee you a job in no time and is user friendly in terms of learning.

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