Popular programming languages for web development

Popular websites using Python include Spotify, Mozilla, Netflix, Reddit, the Washington Post and Uber.

Today, we have hundreds of programming languages for web development, both frontend and backend. Developers choose the programming language depending on the project requirements, learning curve, reliability, etc. According to the 2021 TOIBE index, Python, C, and Java are among the top five programming languages in the world. 

This article looks at the top programming languages for web development.


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JavaScript is one of the most widely used programming languages for web and mobile app development. The object-oriented scripting language is used to make web pages more interactive. JavaScript can be used for both frontend and backend development. Further, the scripting language can run directly from its source code. Interactive features like clickable buttons and images that can zoom in and out are built using JavaScript. The language is relatively easy to understand for beginners and runs on major browsers. Popular websites using JavaScript include Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, Yahoo and Twitter.


Hypertext Preprocessor is a server scripting language that creates scripts on web servers for customised responses to user requests. PHP is easily accessible and allows developers to update their websites frequently. Popular websites using PHP include Etsy, Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, Tumblr, Yahoo and WordPress.


HyperText Markup Language is possibly the most famous programming language in the world. It is a declarative markup language that creates a web page by labelling. Unlike a scripting language, HTML is used in page structuring and templating. It’s impossible to code a functioning website without HTML. HTML can also be used with other languages to create more interactive and complex websites.


Python is a general-purpose language that was voted the most popular programming language in 2021. It is also one of the best languages for web development and is generally used on the back end. Python is also beginner-friendly, courtesy of its simple and highly readable syntax. Python supports multiple programming paradigms, uses English keywords instead of symbols and is easy to read and write. It also integrates well with other languages. Popular websites using Python include Spotify, Mozilla, Netflix, Reddit, the Washington Post and Uber.


C# is a .NET language and is object-oriented. It is simple yet powerful in design and supports web development, especially on Windows or Microsoft platform applications. Additionally, C# has access to the range of NET’s libraries and frameworks, making building web apps on Windows servers more efficient. A key advantage of C# is its ability to work well with other languages and is ideal for cross-platform applications. It also supports functional programming and can be easily used in parallel processing.


Ruby is an object-oriented programming language known for its ease and usability. Developers use Ruby to build architecturally clean and high-quality web applications. The language is also highly flexible, allowing developers to categorise code into simple blocks and encapsulate instructions to call on easily. It also powers the Ruby on Rails framework for web applications. Built by over six thousand contributors, the Ruby on Rails framework is a server-side web application framework. Popular websites using Ruby include Shopify, GitHub, Urban Dictionary, AirBnB, Hulu, Slideshare and Goodreads.


Developers commonly use Java to create dynamic web pages with attractive and interactive web interfaces. Java is based on Write Once, Run Anywhere approach, facilitating cross-platform compatibility. In addition, Java Virtual Machine enables the programming language to work on various devices and platforms. Popular websites created on Java include eBay, Linkedin, Amazon, Aliexpress, Spotify, Netflix, Uber, Minecraft and NASA.

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Avi Gopani
Avi Gopani is a technology journalist that seeks to analyse industry trends and developments from an interdisciplinary perspective at Analytics India Magazine. Her articles chronicle cultural, political and social stories that are curated with a focus on the evolving technologies of artificial intelligence and data analytics.

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