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Six Programming Languages That Could Boost Your Future Career

Experts say these emerging languages are poised to take off.


If you look at developer job boards today, many of the openings request skills in well-known languages like Java, C, C++, C#, Objective C, Python, PHP, Ruby and JavaScript. But these standbys probably won't be at the top of the heap forever. Which languages should developers learn now to increase their employability a decade or two down the road?

CIO put together a list of the six most promising new languages, along with the reasons why experts say they may soon become more popular. They include the following:

  • Dart—Google's backing could help it replace JavaScript.
  • Opa—It simplifies the creation of complex Web applications.
  • Scala—It's highly scalable, works with Java and is popular with enterprise application development teams.
  • Erlang—It isn't exactly new, but it's concurrency features are making it newly popular.
  • Ceylon—Red Hat designed it to replace Java.
  • Go—It's excellent for cloud computing projects.

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