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What are the Best Programming Languages if you DON’T have a Degree?

June 10, 2018

Without a degree, your best chances of getting work is with a small business. Over 80% of small businesses use PHP to power their websites. So that makes PHP the #1 choice for those with no degrees.

WordPress is also widely used by small business, and WordPress is created with PHP, some JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. Together, these coding languages are part of what is called the ‘web stack’. Learn the web stack and you will open up MANY job opportunities.

PHP is old and sucks – no?

LOL! No! Old PHP from the 1990’s wasn’t very good, but much has changed since PHP4. Today PHP is at version 7 and it has all the ability and security as any of the other mainstream languages including:

  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Java
  • C#
  • Ruby

… So don’t let uninformed nerds convince you that somehow PHP has problems. It doesn’t.

If PHP is the top language, what are the others?

JavaScript is #2 and Python is #3.

How to pick the best language for you?

After 23 years of writing code and building real software, my philosophy is to be language neutral … all programming languages have their strengths and weaknesses. The choice of language just depends on:

  1. What KIND of programming you want to do.
  2. If you have a degree or not.
  3. The job options in your part of the world.

… You may love Java, but if there are no Java jobs where you are, what’s the point? So the best approach is to learn the fundamentals of programming and then with your new nerd-eyes, you will be better able to judge which path to go on. I recommend learning the web stack and Python.

… All my students will tell you, you can’t go wrong with that! Check out what my students think about my courses:

– Click on the above image to view the testimonials.

I created a video on the best programming languages if you DON’T have a degree:

Stefan Mischook