This word means the opposite of “compiled.” And what does compiled mean? A compiled language is one whose source code needs to be passed to a compiler, which is a program that can transform a language into bytecode (1s and 0s) that your computer can understand and then execute. An interpreted language is one that doesn’t have to be pre-compiled; instead, an interpreter reads the code line-by-line and runs each line as it reads it, without a need for a pre-compiled codebase.
This is a buzzword that you’ll be hearing more and more often as you begin your tech journey. As programming languages evolve, their maintainers continuously add features seen in other languages that developers may want; this means that as languages grow, they become more and more similar to one another. Now, what does this have to do with “multi-paradigm?”
With that in mind, if you want a language that conforms to the ECMAScript standard but is strongly and statically-typed, look no further than TypeScript.
Well, that depends on your career goals:
Have you ever heard of the 10,000 hours rule? It’s a concept introduced by Malcolm Gladwell that basically means the more you do something, the better you get at it. Gladwell claims that only after practicing a skill for 10,000 hours can someone be considered an expert. And while we can’t confirm or deny that’s what you’ll need to become a coding expert, we can give you one tip: start writing it!
Okay, that one was pretty obvious! But here are some other ways to learn:
Take a bootcamp! They offer expert guidance, clear learning targets, and real-time feedback on how you’re progressing on your learning journey
C is nothing like any of the previously mentioned options; it’s a compiled, low-level, statically-typed language. Learning C will force you to become comfortable with pointers and pointer-arithmetic and you’ll quickly learn to be grateful for features that you took for granted in other higher-level languages, such as garbage collection. C is incredibly fast and every piece of hardware you’ll ever use has a c-compiler built in. If you know how to program in C, you can write a computer program anywhere.
What is Ruby?
We’ll remind you: Ruby is an interpreted, high-level, multi-paradigm, dynamically-typed language, initially created as an object-oriented scripting language (none existed at the time), but has since added on a large number of features to make it as valuable as Python and Java. But here’s the catch: Ruby is not a “language feature,” but instead a design philosophy; Ruby’s primary purpose is to make its programmers happy and productive.
Is Ruby Right for Me?
Well, that depends on your goals:
If you want to write software and would like to use a language that puts programmer happiness first, Ruby’s the right language for you.
If you’re looking for a language that’s popular, powerful, and easy to learn, then look no further than Ruby!
Because it was designed as a scripting language but has evolved into a general-purpose powerhouse, it’s super easy to get started writing code and exploring all the features that Ruby has to offer.
Best Ways to Learn Ruby
There are tons of great ways to learn Ruby—it all just depends on your preferred way to learn:
Have some reference books on hand, such as Programming Ruby 3.2 by Noel Rappin or Eloquent Ruby by Russ Olsen
Follow along with a project in one of the previously mentioned books
Learn the Ruby Koans
Choose your own project and just get coding!
Whichever way you choose, just remember that it takes time to become an expert—it won’t happen overnight! The trick to becoming good at something is to stick with it: decide on how you want to learn, keep at it, and in no time you’ll be programming in Ruby.
I Already Know Ruby: What Language Should I Learn?
If you already know Ruby, then you already know the most developer-friendly language ever made—every language you learn from now on will have you asking, “why did they design this feature that way?” However, depending on what you want to do, there are some great options:
If you want to be a back-end web developer, then you have a lot more choices, but Java or Python are two natural choices that are widely used in the industry.
If you’re just trying to learn something new and interesting, consider learning a pure functional language such as Haskell.
There are no wrong choices when it comes to learning and no matter what language you choose to learn next, we’re sure that you’ll make the right choice for you and your career. And if you want to get started on that next language right away, check out Ironhack’s Web Development Bootcamp, where you’ll learn exactly what the job market needs. What could be better?