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Veterans Training Facility New Orleans

Veterans training facility in New Orleans will teach computer programing to veterans that quality through a series of aptitude test. Facility will be located 2 city blocks from the state of the art Veterans Regional Medical Center. The facility will be open from 8:00AM to 4:30PM M-F. The facility will consist of a total of 15,000 SQ’ with 10,000 SQ’ for classrooms and 5,000 SQ’ for administration services, faculty and staff. The facility will employ the latest in computer technology and equipment. Classes will consist of 20 veterans in each class – two classes will run for 9 months. After graduation job placement will take place. Presently there are 300,000 jobs in the US for computer programmers’.

 

The 9 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2017

A report on the top 25 lucrative, in-demand jobs. More than half of the jobs listed are in tech and require programming skills. Veterans if you’re interested in a fast-growing and lucrative career, you might want to make learning to code next on your checklist!

Next comes the hard part – deciding on the best programming language to learn.

To help narrow things down, a compiled data from Indeed.com (database including current computer programmer jobs). While this isn’t an extensive list, it does provide insight into the most in-demand programming languages sought after by employers.

Breakdown of the 9 Most In-Demand Programming Languages

 

  1. SQL

It’s no surprise SQL (pronounced ‘sequel’) tops the job list since it can be found far and wide in various flavors. Database technologies such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server power big businesses, small businesses, hospitals, banks, universities. Indeed, just about every computer and person with access to technology eventually touches something SQL. For instance, all Android phones and iPhones have access to a SQL database called SQLite and many mobile apps developed Google, Skype and DropBox use it directly.

 

  1. Java

The tech community recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Java. It’s one of the most widely adopted programming languages, used by some 9 million developers and running on 7 billion devices worldwide. It’s also the programming language used to develop all native Android apps. Java’s popularity with developers is due to the fact that the language is grounded in readability and simplicity. Java has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which makes sure older applications continue to work now into the future. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon and is used to power company websites like LinkedIn.com, Netflix.com and Amazon.com. For more info behind Java’s popularity, see our beginner’s guide to Java.

 

  1. JavaScript

JavaScript – not to be confused with Java or mean stack development – is another one of the world’s most popular and powerful programming languages, and is used to spice up web pages by making them interactive. For example, JavaScript can be used to add effects to web pages, display pop-up messages or to create games with basic functionality. It’s also worth noting that JavaScript is the scripting language of the World Wide Web and is built right into all major web browsers including Internet Explorer, FireFox and Safari. Almost every website incorporates some element of JavaScript to add to the user experience, adding to the demand for JavaScript developersIn recent years JavaScript has also gained use as the foundation of Node.js, a server technology that among other things enables real-time communication.  

  1. C#

Dating from 2000, C# (pronounced C-sharp) is a relatively new programming language designed by Microsoft for a wide range of enterprise applications that run on the .NET Framework. An evolution of C and  C++, the C# language is simple, modern, type safe and object oriented. 

  1. C++

C++ (pronounced C-plus-plus) is a general purpose object-oriented programming language based on the earlier ‘C’ language. Developed by Bjarne Stroustrup at Bell Labs, C++ was first released in 1983. Stroustrup keeps an extensive list of applications written in C++. The list includes Adobe and Microsoft applications, MongoDB databases, large portions of Mac OS/X and is the best language to learn for performance-critical applications such as “twitch” game development or audio/video processing.

  1. Python

Python is a general purpose programming language that was named after the Monty Python (so you know it’s fun to work with)! Python is simple and incredibly readable since it closely resembles the English language. It’s a great language for beginners, all the way up to seasoned professionals. Python recently bumped Java as the language of choice in introductory programming courses with eight of the top 10 computer science departments now using Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools. Because of Python’s use in the educational realm, there are a lot of libraries created for Python related to mathematics, physics and natural processing. PBS, NASA and Reddit use Python for their websites.

  1. PHP

Created by Danish-Canadian programmer Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, PHP was never actually intended to be a new programming language. Instead, it was created to be a set of tools to help Rasmus maintain his Personal Home Page (PHP). Today, PHP (Hypertext Pre-Processor) is a scripting language, running on the server, which can be used to create web pages written in HTML. PHP tends to be a popular languages since its easy-to use by new programmers, but also offers tons of advanced features for more experienced programmers.

  1. Ruby on Rails

Like Java or the C language, Ruby is a general purpose programming language, though it is best known for its use in web programming, and Rails serves as a framework for the Ruby Language. Ruby on Rails has many positive qualities including rapid development, you don’t need as much code, and there are a wide variety of 3rd party libraries available. It’s used from companies ranging from small start-ups to large enterprises and everything in-between. Hulu, Twitter, Github and Living Social are using Ruby on Rails for at least one of their web applications.

  1. iOS/Swift

In 2014, Apple decided to invent their own programming language. The result was iOS Swift – a new programming language for iOS and OS X developers to create their next killer app. Developers will find that many parts of Swift are familiar from their experience of developing in C++ and Objective-C. Companies including American Airlines, LinkedIn, and Duolingo have been quick to adopt Swift, and we’ll see this language on the rise in the coming years.

When starting on the path of programming, it’s important you invest your time wisely in choosing to learn something that will both benefit you in the immediate future with visible results on your platform of choice, as well as getting you set up for any future languages. Your choice will depend upon a number of factors, so let’s take a look at their characteristics, ease of learning, and likelihood of earning you a living. I’ll also show you some code to display “hello world”, the first application many people write when learning a new language.

In this first part, we’ll be looking at languages used to program software – as in applications which run on the computer or mobile devices. Next time we’ll look at the increasingly significant area of web-programming languages, used to create dynamic websites and interactive browser-based user interfaces.

There are two previous articles in this series which discuss some fundamentals of any programming languages, so if you’re new to programming then be sure to read those too:

Java is a full object-oriented language, strongly typed, with an extensive feature set focused on networking and cross-platform compatibility. Applications written in Java can run on virtually any OS – though the performance won’t be as good as something designed to run natively.

It is the language of choice for most Computer Science courses, and consequently almost everyone has at least a little Java programming experience. Android applications are written in Java too, though you can’t simply run a regular Java app on your Android mobile nor vice-versa.

Likelihood Of Making You Money

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If you can make an app worth charging for on the Android marketplace, then the world is yours for the taking. There’s also a lot of enterprise-level Java jobs, but the competition is high and pay low.

[Note: Don’t confuse Java with Javascript, which is a completely different language used for web programming – we’ll look at this more next time].

C/C++

Though actually separate languages, they are often grouped together, as C++ is basically an enhanced version of C, adding object oriented features. C++ is the serious programmer’s language of choice, forming the basis of most computer games and most advanced Windows software. It’s high performance, but requires a lot more precision on the programmers part when it comes to memory management and consequently has a steep learning curve. Not recommended for absolute beginners.

Likelihood Of Making You Money

With less competition than Java, C++ programmers will always be in demand and paid well, especially in the games industry.

C#

Pronounced C sharp, this is Microsoft’s clone of Java (though the two have since diverged with more pronounced differences) – a general purpose object-oriented strongly-typed language. Performance is good, though not as fast as C++. Software written in C# requires .Net framework to run and is Windows-only.

Likelihood Of Making You Money

There’s a good number of corporate C# jobs out there for enterprise solutions, but you’re unlikely to make money on a single piece of software unlike mobile development. Still, it’s a fun language and easy to learn for beginners, certainly I’d recommend it if you’d like to focus on Windows only.

You can download Microsoft Visual Studio Express for free, which helps greatly with GUI designing and code completion. You can also use it for Visual Basic and many other Microsoft-branded programming languages.

Visual Basic

Another of Microsoft’s contributions, Visual Basic is an event-driven language focussed on simple GUI-based apps. Event-driven means that the code you write will generally be reacting to what the user does – what happens when they click that button, for example. It’s incredibly easy to learn and get a simple app up and running, but ultimately limited and perhaps not the best for actually learning fundamental programming concepts.

Objective-C / Cocoa

This is the Apple Mac language upon which most OSX and iOS applications are built. Technically, Objective-C is an extended version of C with object-oriented features, much like C++, but is nearly always combined with the Cocoa framework for building graphical user interfaces and higher level features on the Mac platform. You must also be careful with memory management.

The syntax and concepts you need to learn are quite complex compared to a language like Java or C#, but on the other hand, Apple provides a comprehensive free development environment (XCode) and tools which make the process of creating real, useable apps fairly easy. There’s also a wealth of written and video tutorials out there to guide you, so it’s certainly more accessible than C++. It’s basically your only choice for OSX and iOS development, but you’ll be able to write for both the Apple desktop and mobile environment with the one language.

Likelihood Of Making You Money

With a developer account ($99 yearly) and a killer app, you have the potential to make a lot – Apple has paid out $2 billion so far. App Store developers stand a better chance than Android developers for making money with paid apps, while Android developers tend to see more returns on in-app advertising.

That’s all the languages I’m going to cover today, and they form the majority of real-world software development on PCs, Macs and mobile environments. Before I get blasted in the comments, I’ve decided to include Python in the web-based list because that seems to be where it’s used most.

The truth is that once you have the basics down in any language, it’s relatively easy to learn another; just as knowing Chinese kanji makes reading and writing Japanese easier – programming languages often cross over and borrow from each other, sharing the same set of basic characteristics and syntaxes. Stay tuned for the next article in which I’ll look at web-based languages such as Javascript and PHP.