There are a lot of “experts” online who claim to know what the perfect programming language is. If you’re a critical reader, though, you’ll know that these are either marketing ploys or the opinion of someone who’s not very knowledgeable in the field. This is because there really is no one sure-answer to all programming needs. Different websites need different features, and not all website developers have had the same programming experience. One programming language may be easy for one developer and very difficult for another.
On top of that, new programming languages are developed every year. It would be very regressive for web developers to stick to an obsolete programming language. On the other hand, it’s very foolish to just ride with the latest programming trend without considering the real, practical needs of the website. To narrow down the choices, web developers need to think about these things:
- The operating system (OS) used by the company or the server platform
- The software on the server which is used to build the website
- The allotted budget for the building and the maintenance of the website
- The web developers previous programming experience
- The database that would be used for the website’s backend
Unless all of these factors work well with the prospective programming language, then it’s probably not the right fit for the website you’re planning to build. If you’re hiring a third party web developer, it’s safer to choose a popular programming language. This way, you won’t be dependent on the services offered by a limited number of people. If you’re planning to develop the website on your own, then it’s best to choose the latest variant of the line of programming languages you’ve used in the past. New programming languages, after all, are just improvements of old ones.
The important thing is how well the developer understands the logic behind the programming language s/he is using. This way, configurations can easily be made. In general, commercial programming languages can be used more easily, while open source ones may require more skills from the web developer. The key is to weigh the pros and cons and always think about the long term consequences before making your choice.