Hendra Nicholas I am a software engineer, consultant and CEO at 41studio currently living in West Java, Indonesia. My interests range from programming to sport. I am also interested in entrepreneurship, technology, and design.

Mobile Development Languages

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Mobile app development languages

If you want to code a mobile app, you need to know a programming language. But it can be hard to choose the best language (or languages) for a project. There are a lot of options out there, and in this post I’ll help you narrow them down so that you can pick the best.

1. HTML5


HTML5 is the latest version of Hypertext Markup Language, the code that describes web pages. It’s actually three kinds of code: HTML, which provides the structure; Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which take care of presentation; and JavaScript, which makes things happen.

HTML5 has been designed to deliver almost everything you’d want to do online without requiring additional software such as browser plugins. It does everything from animation to apps, music to movies, and can also be used to build incredibly complicated applications that run in your browser.

There’s more. HTML5 isn’t proprietary, so you don’t need to pay royalties to use it. It’s also cross-platform, which means it doesn’t care whether you’re using a tablet or a smartphone, a netbook, notebook or ultrabook or a Smart TV: if your browser supports HTML5, it should work flawlessly. Inevitably, it’s a bit more complicated than that. More about that in a moment.

2. Java


Java is the preferred programing language for android mobile application development. An object-oriented programming language developed at Sun Microsystems (now owned by Oracle), Java can be run in two different ways: either in a browser window, or in a virtual machine that can do without a browser.

This flexibility tends to mean a lot when it comes to re-using code and updating software. Although Java does not have much to do if you are considering iOS development, it certainly can be on your chosen list when it comes to mobile applications across platforms, i.e. cross-platform apps.

3. Python


Python has become another popular programming language for mobile app developers to consider for mobile application development. Along with developing mobile apps, the programing language is popularly used in web development too. The language can easily be transferred across platforms that is why it is one among the most favorite to a number of web/mobile app developers. The language is easy to learn as well as implement and that is another reason for the language to become popular among the app developers.

The best thing about Python as a programming language is that it can be used both for android app development as well as iOS application development that offers it much more popularity. This programing language is great for scalability and readability that runs across all operating systems. Because of its scalability, Python is greatly used in the development of cross-platform mobile applications.

4. C++


This is the most appropriate and robust programming language when it comes to building mobile apps for Android and Windows- and, mainly for low-level programming, it’s still the go-to language on platforms for mobile app developers. As a powerful programming language, C++ allows mobile apps to be developed for practically every purpose on every platform that exists. It might not be super chic or trendy, but it dominated the programming world even before the smartphone revolution.

5. C#


The most coveted programming language for Windows Phone app development, C# does the trick for Microsoft that Objective-C does for Apple. Although a Windows Phone platform couldn’t emerge as the game-changer in the mobile application development industry, for loyal Microsoft users, C# makes the perfect programming language to build the robust Windows Phone apps.

6. Swift


Swift is the latest programming language to foray into the Apple ecosystem, mainly considering its prevalence in writing code for Apple’s latest APIs, Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. Even though it is a language written to work along with Objective-C, the Cupertino company is making it obvious for iOS developers to turn to Swift for complete programming. Designed to eliminate the likelihood of many of the security vulnerabilities possible with Objective-C, it’s time for mobile app developers to turn to Swift, as many businesses are looking to hire Swift developers with expertise in developing cutting-edge mobile apps using this language.

7. Kotlin


Kotlin was designed and developed by JetBrains, the Czech company known for their popular IDE, IntelliJ IDEA. Google’s Android team has recently announced that they are officially adding support for the Kotlin programming language.

Kotlin was developed to address some of the issues in Java. According to the language’s fans, Kotlin syntax is simpler, cleaner, and leads to less code bloat. This helps you focus more on solving the actual problem, rather than struggling with verbose syntax. Also, you can use Kotlin and Java together in the same project, and that makes it really powerful

Hendra Nicholas I am a software engineer, consultant and CEO at 41studio currently living in West Java, Indonesia. My interests range from programming to sport. I am also interested in entrepreneurship, technology, and design.