How many languages do you need to learn to be a good programmer?

Well, the answer is very straight forward. To learn anything in this world the only thing that you need to know is the basics of any subject. If you want to learn music or dance you should learn the basics as in the beats and formations. Similarly, if you want to learn to code or become a good programmer what you should know is the Basic concept that every language uses. What you have to do is learn one programming language very nicely so that you can use the concept in any language in the future.

To give you an example I want to share my own story when I was in the first year of my college. I thought that I had to learn C language first and then C++ and then Java and the list would go on, but very soon I realized that every programming language has the same basic concept and you do not need to learn every language possible. There are more than 200 programming languages in the entire computer science world and if you start learning each one of them then you will not be able to focus on the main goal that is solving problems of this world. So what I did was that I learned C++ and after that, I have not learned any new programming language. What I do is take the same basic concepts and apply them in any language that is needed. So if I have to write the code in Python language I will know the basic concept and the flow of the problem then what I do is just google the syntax and use it to solve the problem.

There is a very big misconception that you have to know all the language to solve a problem but that is not true. If I had to start from scratch to learn that language then I would never be able to develop apps in a month or so. What I mean is that if you know how things work that is the algorithm behind a problem then all you need is a Google search to find the syntax and use it in your project. Having said all of this I do not mean that you should not learn languages. You most definitely have to learn a specific language and become a master of that language so that you have one backup which you can use anytime and anywhere. The basic point of this blog post is to tell you that you don’t need to learn all the languages instead focus on solving problems, focus on algorithms and different data structures that almost every programming language uses.


Now, let’s discuss some of the top programming languages that you can learn today to better your skills:

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C++

This is the language that I started with and I am very happy that I chose this language. The main reason being it is a very old language and it teaches you all the concepts from scratch. You have to write code in this language to solve even minor problems. You need to go into the basic concept and use those concepts from scratch. Other programming languages provide a lot of support and libraries that make your job very easy but if you want to learn the basic concepts of programming and want to better your skills then you might as well want to try it.

Python
This is a very popular programming language and I said love it. You do not need to write a lot of code in this language as you have a lot of built-in libraries available to get your work done as soon as possible. Here you can focus on solving the problem rather than finding out how could that small piece of the algorithm be coded. Also, if you are not really into computer science or if you are from other branches then I recommend learning Python because it helps you to get the work done in a very easy manner. It is not at all difficult to learn this language. With that said if you already know some other language then this language is going to be very easy to learn for you. I have not learned Python but since I knew how to code in C++, I found that the concept well very similar and the difference was only in the syntax and the way you write the code.

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Java
Java is also of very popular programming language and is very powerful as well. This can also work as a very good foundation in building up your coding skills. Now, to choose any language you need to figure out what you want to use it for and research about the different languages. With all the considerations just choose the language that will suit your needs the most.

There are many other programming languages that you can learn to improve your skills and build up your resume. But the thing that I have explained from the start, you cannot learn everything. Different companies work on different technologies and use different languages. It is never possible to always meet their criteria, but what you can do is assure them that it will not take time to learn that language as your basics are very clear. Just focus on problem-solving skills and think how you can solve the problem of this word rather than wasting your time to learn something that you can always Google up in the future, but don’t forget to build up your skills in at least one programming language so that you are always ready to perform in any situation.

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