Which of these top 20 programming languages should your school teach?

Programming for business

If a student is interested in becoming a programmer in the business world, two programming languages to become familiar with are:

COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) is used for payroll, accounting, and other business application programs.

SQL (Structured Query Language – for databases) is a specially designed programming language for managing data in relational database management systems; it is mainly used for its ‘Query’ function, which is used to search informational databases.

Programming for academia, education, research and industry

If you as a faculty or IT member are involved in research, education, or industry:

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is widely used in all fields of applied mathematics, in academia, education, research, and in industry. As a programming language, it is one of the easiest for writing mathematical programs.

C languages   (C, C++, C#, Objective-C) one or more of these general-purpose programming languages are well worth knowing, wherever you go.

Frank Evans is a British mathematician, information technologist, translator (Greek-English), and EFL/ESL teacher.

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