Many Canadian educators say learning more than one language is a great way to add flexibility to a career.

The same could be said for learning programming languages.

But if you already have one (or more) what’s next? According to a blog for Toronto-based Stafflink, which places IT personnel mainly in southern Ontario, the languages most in demand from its customers these days are Python and Ruby.

That’s not necessarily definitive, it admits. A site called CodeEval, which runs app building competitions so programmers can show off their skills, lists Python as the most popular language, followed by Java and then Ruby.

INSIDE CodeEval popular programming languages




The TIOBE Programming Community Index, which rates the popularity of programming languages in a different way, suggests C and Java are virtually tied, followed by Objective-C, used for building iOS  and OS X apps.

Complicating this is the new Swift programming language announced by Apple last month. A TIOBE blog  predicts it will be in the top 20 languages this month.

The Stafflink blog also includes a number of useful links to start learning any of the top 10 languages online for your next career jump.





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