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show more In this video in the Developer and Programming Foundations series, you'll walk through the basics of what a programming language is, why some are more popular than others, and why there are so many languages to begin with. From Java to Ruby, by the end of the video you will have a better understanding of why a variety of programming languages exist, and what role they play in the programming world. show less
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What is a programming language?

There have been hundreds of programming languages since the start of computing. But at any given time there are perhaps a dozen or so that are popular and by popular I simply mean that language is used in a lot of current software, it's used by large numbers of people, and there is an active community and a significant job market for that language. Now as the years go by, different languages wax and wane in popularity. New languages do come along. Some are big hit but most of them aren't. So this list changes, but it changes slowly. Now most programmers will learn and use many languages over the course of their career. Once you have got the basics down, additional languages do become easier to pick up. A little later in this course we will dive deeper into the most popular languages, but if you're new to this, you might think why, why are there so many languages? If all we're doing is writing simple instructions for computer, why isn't there just one co...

What is a programming language?
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In this video in the Developer and Programming Foundations series, you'll walk through the basics of what a programming language is, why some are more popular than others, and why there are so many languages to begin with. From Java to Ruby, by the end of the video you will have a better understanding of why a variety of programming languages exist, and what role they play in the programming world.

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