Overview Programming languages range
from simple scripting languages, such as VB script, to very complex
languages, such as C++, that take years to truly master. Visual Basic,
C/C++, and Java are the most popular programming languages in use today.
Languages such as FORTRAN and COBOL are still being used in legacy
development projects. Read about these and other languages by following
the links below.
Visual Basic Microsoft released the
first version of Visual Basic in 1991 and it's been a popular favorite
ever since. VB had one of the very first visual programming environments,
allowing programmers to design graphical elements on screen with a minimum
of programming requirements. You can read about the newest version of
Visual Basic here. A good
source for news and VB how-tos can be found at the Visual
Basic Web Magazine. You can find VB tutorials here.
Interested in finding a job as a Visual Basic programmer? Look here.
C/C++ C and C++ are the
current heavyweights of the programming world. Check out www.cplusplus.com
for general information including a tutorial.
Microsoft publishes a very popular C++ development environment. You can
read about it here. GNU
C/C++ is a popular C/C++ compiler for Unix systems. Read about the GNU
Compiler Collection here.
Java Sun Microsystems released the
Java programming language in 1995. It quickly became popular due to it's
platform independence and ease of use. One of the best sources for Java
information is Sun's Java Developers
website. This site includes links to tutorials
and a showcase of the
types of programming people can do with Java. Check out www.JavaWorld.com
for hints and tips about the Java programming language.
C# C# is Microsoft's answer to
Java. Designed to simplify Web and Internet programming, C# attempts to
combine the power of C++ with the ease of Visual Basic. Read Microsoft's
release for an overview of Microsoft's C# vision, or check out
their Visual C# Homepage.
A C# tutorial can be found here.
You can read a comparison of C#, C++ and Java here.
was first created in 1970 by Professor Niklaus
Wirth and wass intended to teach students structured programming. The
implementations of Pascal have changed and it has greatly influenced the
design and evolution of many other languages such as Visual Basic and the Delphi
Programming Language. For more information about Pascal go to Pascal
Central. If you want to learn how to use Pascal review the tutorials
at this Web page.
For an open source compiler for Pascal go to the GNU
Pascal Home page.
REALbasic REALbasic is an
object-oriented language that that compiles native applications for
Windows, Mac, and Linux. It's code is based on the BASIC programming
language. Visit Wikipedia.com
for a brief but informative description. For more information, visit
developer is a magazine dedicated to covering issues relevant to
developers using REALbasic.
Other Languages Perl
is similar, but based on Java, whereas Perl is based on C++. FORTRAN and
COBOL are both languages primarily used for maintaining legacy
applications. Check out this
page for funny quotes about these near-obsolete languages. You can read
about Prolog, a fifth generation language, here.