The Most Common Coding Languages All Entrepreneurs Should Be Familiar With
Elisabeth Brier

Whether you’re a new startup founder or aspiring developer, becoming fluent in at least one coding language is paramount to fostering a successful career. With different languages seemingly springing up daily, it can be difficult to determine which are the most viable for you and your company. From IOS to Python to Java and beyond, the differences between them may seem inconsequential, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Whichever languages you decide to master will ultimately function as the backbone of your company, and set it up for all future developments.

Thus if you are currently in the process of sifting through the abundance of current coding languages, read on for your basic 101 guide of some of the most common ones.


Pronounced “sequel” fluency in this coding language in today’s hiring age is one of the sought after skills. The scope of this language transcends just big business technology and is also used in hospitals, banks, smaller business and universities. More than that, however, all Androids and IPhones have access to an SQL database.


Recently entering it’s 20th year of existence, Java is one of the most well known coding languages. Even if you exist outside the world of tech, you’ve likely heard the term tossed around at one point or another. It’s used to develop all native Android apps and powers website giants such at Linkedin, Netflix and Amazon. It’s proven simplicity and readability can be attributed to its longevity.


Curiously not the same as Java, JavaScript is yet another one of the globe’s most illustrious languages. Known for it’s ability to’ jazz up’ a website and make it interactive, Javascript is the language in which many prominent browsers are derived including Internet Explorer, FireFox and Safari. It can be used to add effects to web pages, display pop-up messages and create simple digital games.


Not so surprisingly, this coding language that has its name derived from Monty Python is one that is relatively “fun” to use in its simplistic nature and close resemblance to English. Ideal for beginners, but also utilized by professionals, Python has recently knocked Java as the language of choice for intro programming courses. Eight out of the ten top computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the other leading 39 schools.


Fully entitled “Ruby on Rails”, this programming language was made for general use, but is mostly utilized in web development. This language offers a wide variety of third party libraries and also is beneficial in that you don’t need as much code as the others to rapidly achieve what you’re ultimately trying to build. Hulu, Twitter, Github and Living Social all use Ruby on Rails in some capacity.


Built in 1994 by a programmer by the name of Rasmus Lerdorf, PHP was actually never intended to serve as a coding language. Rather, it was designed by Lerdorf to manage his personal home page (PHP, get it?). However, over time it has become a common language that is used to create web pages written in HTML. It’s relatively easy to use but also offers additional features to the gain of more seasoned programmers.


Likely the most recognized programming language by millennials, Swift is Apple’s programming brainchild. Created in 2014, it was used to create all of the hottest apps we use daily on our smart phones. Other companies were quick to adopt this language and currently American Airlines, LinkedIn, and Duolingo are some of the bigger companies employing it.

You can take a full stack developer online course but whichever languages you decide to master will ultimately function as the backbone of your company, and set it up for all future developments.