When is it Time to Learn a New Language?

If you want to advance your career as a developer you must learn another language. There’s no way around it. Knowing a single language simply won’t give you enough working language to produce anything of value. Being able to produce an app using a single language is highly unlikely.

 

For instance, what you’ll need to know on the backend will use different languages than what you’re producing on the front end, and that’s just one example. Being an expert developer today means understanding the complex interplay between multiple languages and frameworks. As well as being able to determine the best language for the job.

Below we dive into the importance of learning a new language, and why you must do it to advance your career.

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When Should I Learn Another Language?

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Right this very moment!

We don’t say that to scare you, but instead to encourage you. There’s truly no better time than now to dive in and begin the process of deeply understanding another language. There are truly no drawbacks to upping your arsenal and learning more than one programming language.

The more languages you can understand the more knowledge you’ll have to draw from when you need to solve a complex problem, or build an app, website, or piece of software from scratch. Plus, the more languages you learn the easier it’ll be for you pick up other languages.

If you’re currently working on projects that are beyond your comfort zone and causing you to apply languages you’re just barely familiar with, then you’re in a good place. However, if you’re only using languages that you have complete familiarity with and are taking projects that you easily know how to complete. Then it’s probably time to push yourself to learn a new language.

Choosing the Right Programming Language

So,why do so many languages exist, that practically do the same thing?

Programming languages didn’t start out looking all the same. Most programming languages are designed for a very specific purpose. With time, they’ve grown and evolved, and now tend to more or less resemble one another.

If you want to choose a language that’s going to help your career evolve, then it can be useful to pick a language that has a high value in the marketplace, and will grow significantly into the future. You’d hate to pick a language that evolving technologies don’t seem to use and effectively position yourself out of the market.

For a breakdown of the current market rates of specific languages, check out this analysis from Code Mentor. It’s also important to take an overarching perspective when choosing a language as well.

For instance, if you’re looking to understand the entire app creation process, from maintenance, to deployment, to front-end and back-end. Then, choose a language to learn that will support you in this knowledge. Our professional web developer course, offers a complete step-by-step breakdown of this exact process.

What Happens When You Stop Learning

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If you ever reach a point where you feel like your career is stagnating, and you’ve become stuck building the same things and solving the same problems, then ask yourself: what can I learn next? The more practical knowledge you have the further you’ll be able to take your career.

Book knowledge is important and can help you build the confidence and foundational knowledge to move forward. But, the moment you stop taking on projects that are just outside your skill level you put yourself in kind of a hole. Sure, you might be good for the next few years.

But, over time, you’ll become bored of the work you’re producing and you might even put yourself of a job. Embrace learning as a natural part of your career, and you’ll see your career grow in ways you never could have predicted.

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