Every time we click on a website link, send an email or tweet and post on social media there is likely a backend developer who is quietly making that happen every day.
Without their knowledge and skills keeping everything working together so we can undertake these routine tasks the world would likely be a much less interesting place for interactions on a global scale.
So in this ultra-competitive market for tech talent and the relatively out of sight/out of mind efforts of backend developers how do you help yourself stand out from the crowd?
According to the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half Technology developers are in high demand and they recommend adding the following programming languages to your experience to take it up a notch against your competition.
C = lasting popularity
C is one of the oldest programming languages, yet it holds firm in the top 10 list: It is number one on the TIOBE Index in popularity. C is so widely used in part because it’s cross-platform and compatible with compilers available for most system architectures and operating systems. Many other languages have a similar syntax. However, C — which is a structured language — has a smaller vocabulary than most and allows a backend developer less flexibility in achieving desired functionality. But the fact that it’s structured makes it a good toolbox option, as it’s easier to read and maintain.
C++ = super flexible
A term commonly used to refer to C++ is “multi-paradigm,” meaning you can write code in a way that’s procedural but also use functional, object-oriented, or a mix of programming paradigms. This flexibility means C++ can be more challenging to learn; a software engineer may develop in it using one or more of these styles, or even combine it with code written in other languages. Many programs, such as several Adobe Systems products, Dragon Naturally Speaking and [email protected] are built with it. Additionally, many wired and wireless telecommunications systems work on foundational software made in C++.
Java = corporate and commercial
Java, the youngest of these languages, was being created about the same time the World Wide Web Consortium was forming. Another multi-paradigm programming language, Java was soon incorporated into many major web browsers. It was originally a proprietary system developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. (bought by Oracle Corp. in 2010). Many enterprises still hire Java backend developers to update or maintain older client/server customer relationship management (CRM) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Java is also used in 3D graphics applications and for mobile app development, which is a booming industry. (Note: Many employers are having a tough time finding skilled Java developers.)