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Programming Languages and More

Programming languages create the software that breathes life into computers of every type. Whether it's a watch, phone, computer, video game console, or tablet, they all depend on software in order to function. Even the World Wide Web and other forms of Internet-based media use software created from various forms of computer languages. Furthermore, the Web has become highly integrated with software that is not related to websites, including video games and databases, all of which use their own languages. Because of this, people who are seeking careers in Web-related fields will need to learn a number of different languages in order to excel at their jobs. Due to the ever-changing nature of computer software, it will also be necessary for programmers to learn new languages as they come along and know how to integrate them into existing technology.


All Web designers will need to learn HyperText Markup Language, or HTML. HTML is a Web layout language that was designed by Tim Berners-Lee, who made the details of the language available to the public in 1991. It is a language that Web browsers interpret in order to arrange content in a layout that has been specified by the author. HTML has evolved over the years since the first Web page came out in 1991 to add new features such as embedded multimedia and rendered graphics on the fly.

Programming Languages

HTML has been designed to interface with a large number of languages to enhance the functionality of the World Wide Web. These include Web-based languages such as Javascript, PHP, and ASP.NET, which serve to enable dynamic Web content. Java, Perl, Python, Ruby, and C++ are all examples of programming languages that are used to make non-Web-based software and are also being used extensively in Web design. Web designers may also need to work with query languages in order to make Web pages that use databases. The most common query language is Structured Query Language, or SQL. Even older languages such as COBOL or Fortran can be used to make content on the Web in the form of server-side Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts.

Job Outlook and Training

The demand for Web programmers and developers is exceptionally high, with a job growth projection of nearly 30 percent in that industry over the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web developers will typically need an associate degree with an entry-level job. They can also be self-trained, but in either case, they will need a portfolio of existing websites in order to acquire clients for their own business or achieve employment with a company. Software developers will enjoy a 17 percent increase in demand over the next ten years, and employment in the industry will typically require a bachelor's degree. Like in Web development, a significant portfolio can also boost a candidate's chances at employment, and there are always opportunities for starting one's own business. In this case, a portfolio would include software that they have written.


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