It seems like there is always a new “must-know” programming language that everyone suggests will be the wave of the future. But with the constant onslaught of these new languages, many of these ultra-popular programming languages are no longer as useful as they once were or were predicted to be.
A programming language may become outmoded over time for many reasons; perhaps it was over-hyped or verbose or had usefulness on a limited number of devices. Here, we’ll talk about four popular languages introduced since 2012 that – because of one ineffectiveness or another – may disappear within the next few years.
Ada has been released several times with the newest iteration in 2012. But programmers just never seem to be interested in this Pascal-extended language, even though its programs have fewer bugs and work more efficiently than programs written in C. Why? Developers find Ada’s language too complicated; they have to work harder than they should to get a single compilable source file. Ada proves that no matter the outcome, the effort must be worth it.
When introduced in 2014, Apple’s Swift programming language took the world by storm. It is intended to be relatively clean, fast and error-free and can also reduce the length of the code, saving time and energy. However, Swift has struggled with instability. Every time Apple introduces a new version of Swift, it breaks all of the applications already designed in iOS. While users can make their own updates to the open-source software Swift, these new upgrades – released every few months – still cause serious problems. Unless Apple gets Swift’s stability under control, we’re not sure it will be around for the long-haul – no matter how effective it could be.
This programming language created in 2016 can be used alone or can be embedded into C/C++ projects. While it promises to be simple, scalable, and instructional, many developers perceive Ring as being too similar to other programming languages already in existence; in other words, it doesn’t offer anything innovative. If you’re just reshuffling the pack of features already done well in other languages, a new offering might feel like it’s just another flavor of the month. Opinions of programmers, who have already tried coding with Ring, are quite controversial:
- “Ring is not case-sensitive. It’s a simple language that has a very straightforward syntax”;
- “The list index starts from 1, which messes up indexing math”;
- “Dynamic typing, which is great itself, coupled with weak typing is the straight way to lots of bugs”;
As these programming languages prove, there is always a new language to be learned – and a new language to be discarded. Rather than trying to stay ahead of the programming language curve, let Ciklum do the work for you. Our App Development team is knowledgeable in all of the programming languages worth knowing and will keep you informed during every step of the process.