Is the most common always the best? Apparently ‘old is gold’ - but does it apply to programming languages? Are new technologies always associated with significant risk? Should you go with PHP, Java, Ruby or Python for your web app? Do Ionic or React Native cross-platform mobile apps compromise quality and performance? What technology should I choose? If you’re a CEO, a CTO or any other stakeholder of a digital product that is about to be built, these questions probably sound familiar. It’s easy to get confused and distinguish the pros and cons of the options that you have if you’re not a developer. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses and you wouldn’t want to burn your budget on code that is not going to ensure your business with scalability, stability and further development opportunities, would you?
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New always comes from the old
The history of programming started from decimal and binary languages that are only understandable for machines. As languages developed, there was more and more ‘syntactic sugar’ added to them making things easier to read and express. It made them human-readable and ‘sweeter’ to work with. Modern high-level languages are very different from one another and are ruled by completely different standards, but they have a lot in common. At the moment, no matter what problem you’re trying to solve, the logic remains pretty much the same, despite the technology. Therefore, in most cases, you can build your product in whichever popular programming language you want and functionally they will be the same. Although, they will not respond to your business goals the same way. Some languages are more stable than others, some are better to use for certain sectors, like e.g. FinTech, or technologies like AI, machine learning or blockchain. Ruby on Rails, for instance, is a very scalable technology for quick application development. It’s very comfortable to work with (you can read almost like a book), it absorbs changes easily, has really good testing and test automation that assures high quality and lets you develop your product rapidly. That’s why we love it so much!
Old isn’t always outdated and new isn’t always promising
As you can see, it’s not so much about the history of the language itself, but rather its popularity and development. Some new technologies such as Ionic or React Native are very young, but they gain popularity rapidly thanks to the fact that they are a very cost- and time-efficient technologies that allow you to build your mobile app for all major platforms on one code base fast. And, on the other hand, some old technologies, such as Python or C++, never age and are still widely used and persistently developed further.