A programming language is a special language programmers use to develop software programs, scripts, or other sets of instructions for computers to execute. The following is an index of the different programming and scripting languages currently listed on our site.
Computer programming languages
* Note: Languages marked with an asterisk (*) in the above list are not a programming language. These are markup languages, style sheet languages, and database management languages that are included in the list for those who may consider them as a programming language.
Those new to computer programming may find the above list overwhelming. Figuring out where to start depends on the type of computer programming you want to do. The next section is a listing of some of the different fields of programming, as well as the languages to consider for each.
Note: There are several programming languages listed above that may not be in the following categories. That is because we have elected to list the most popular choices to avoid confusion.
Applications and program development
Application and program development involve programs you work with on a daily basis. For example, the Internet browser you are using to view this web page is considered a program. If you are interested in developing a program, you should consider the following languages.
Artificial intelligence development
Artificial intelligence or related fields involve creating the character interactions in computer games, portions of programs that make decisions, chatbots, and more. If you're interested in developing an AI, you should consider the following languages.
Database developers create and maintain databases. If you're interested in creating or maintaining a database, you should consider any of the following languages.
Game development involves the development of computer games or other entertainment software. If you're interested in developing a game, you should consider the following languages.
Computer drivers or other hardware interface development
Computer drivers and programming hardware interface support are a necessity for hardware functionality. If you're interested in developing drivers or software interfaces for hardware devices, you should consider the following languages.
Internet and web page development
Internet and web page development is the essence of the Internet. Without developers, the Internet would not exist. If you're interested in creating web pages, developing Internet applications, or Internet-related tasks, you should consider the following languages.
Although it is not likely to become a career, knowing how to create and develop scripts can increase productivity for you or your company, saving you countless hours. If you're interested in developing scripts, consider the following languages.
How many programming languages are there?
Over the evolution of computers, there have been hundreds of different computer programming languages created for various types of development. Although we do have several dozen languages listed on our site, there are hundreds of languages we don't have listed. To get an idea of all of the different programming languages you can visit The Hello World Collection, which gives a demo of how to write "Hello World" in over 566 different programming languages.