App Development Programming Languages

Want to become more familiar with app development programming languages? Whether a developer “newbie” or simply interested in continuing your app development education, check out some of the most popular programming languages used today:


Java remains one of the most viable back end-building languages for enterprise-web applications. Developed by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle in the ‘90s, it’s also used for web-based content, games, and mobile apps. Designed to work across multiple platforms, Java is the go-to language for developing native Android apps.

Quick overview:

  • Object Oriented;
  • Portable – “Write once, run anywhere” principle;
  • Network Resources – Contains multiple libraries to interact with TCP/IP, HTTP and FTP protocols;
  • Secure;

Became open-source software in 2007.


The main language for developing on Microsoft platforms, C# has been hailed as the “quickest way to harness all that Microsoft offers.” It’s also used for game development, particularly on the Unity game development engine.

Quick Overview:

  • Simple;
  • Object-Oriented;
  • Version-control;
  • Flexible;


A programming language that can do practically anything, including data analysis, web apps, user interfaces, and statistics, Python has also been utilized as a powerful tool for data scientists in any industry to work through sizable data sets.


  • Beautiful is better than ugly
  • Explicit is better than implicit
  • Simple is better than complex
  • Complex is better than complicated
  • Readability counts


This free, server-side language works for app development and websites, and may be directly embedded into an HTML source document as opposed to an internal file. A popular option for web developers, PHP powers WordPress and Facebook among millions of other sites.


  • Lot’s of information online;
  • Relatively easy to start with;
  • Great community behind;
  • Lot’s of Frameworks to help you start;


The favorite programming language for creating site interactivity, JavaScript is used by practically every modern website. JavaScript frameworks are also utilized to build user interfaces.

Quick notes:

  • Dynamic;
  • Functional;
  • Prototype-based;


Used by the Apple operating system, Objective-C is a general-purpose language powering OS X, iOS, and APIs. It may also be used to create iPhone apps.

Quick notes:

  • The language behind the first iOS;
  • Easier if you already know some C;
  • Replaced by Apple in the 2014 WWDC for Swift;

This post was kindle produced by Keving Shaggs, managing partner at Zapporoo, a company working on App Design and Development.