3 programming languages you should have known yesterday

3 programming languages you should have known yesterday

30 Sep 2022

Do contemporary professionals have to know programming languages to get a comprehensive payment package, a high salary and other perks? I am sure they do. Especially if they are aiming for a top management position and are not just an ordinary employee. The other thing is that programming languages can be different, and some can be learned within two weeks of hard study. No, I am not joking. So read on to find out which programming languages the job market will soon demand you know.

Python

Python is one of the most popular programming languages used everywhere. Your favourite delivery service works thanks to it (and some other languages too ​​​​— OK, Python is not the only one!). Likewise, many of the websites you visit daily work using Python too. Thanks to Python, video and audio recommendation algorithms on your favourite internet websites work like a Swiss clock. The software on your computer or laptop is derived from it. So, it would seem that this is an exclusive “programming” story. But no, this language is used by people not strictly involved in creating websites and applications from scratch.

Python can be used for analytics, and this is an advantage for product managers and teams. It easily automates tasks and not for any specialised area, but in general, allowing it to be used almost everywhere. Researchers from major universities actively use Python, as well as accountants in our company, and financiers managing projects. In my opinion, this programming language is essential not only for developers (including those working on neural networks), software engineers, and testers. It is also key for analysts, data processing and process automation professionals, system managers, researchers, and even game designers working with completely different services and matters.

SQL

It is a convenient tool for studying and enhancing databases, developing them, determining the degree of access to information and access rights, communication schemes between various blocks, etc. SQL is used to verify the completion of transactions — not just financial ones — and to simplify database interactions with other programming languages. I think it is easier than other languages: you can learn it in a week or two of studying the educational material and then another two weeks of practice. It all depends on your background: individuals who are familiar with mathematics and the basics of computer science will figure out SQL faster than others (although I prefer not to pigeonhole people).

SQL enables you to quickly find the answer to the right question, whether searching for information or filtering it out from a huge, no, gigantic, and amazingly large database. For example, if you would like to find customers who shopped in a specific store or stayed in a particular hotel for an exact number of nights at a specific time, SQL can help you. SQL can achieve this in a fraction of a second if you seek to do any organising in any area. Yes, this programming language is similar to Excel spreadsheets, although you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. It provides application capabilities and keeps your environment running, and comes to the rescue when your entire infrastructure seems to be collapsing before your very eyes. SQL also protects databases from misuse, including deletion of information and hacking, authenticates a person’s identity accessing a particular database, and creates layers of protection against information being copied and used by unauthorised individuals.

Who can benefit from knowing SQL? Project managers, namely, those who manage a team that creates products. Product managers who “live and breathe the product” and absolutely understand how everything works in this product. Marketers who do not just produce creative ideas for posting on social media but manage a whole team. Analysts, financiers, accountants, etc.

Java

This is one of the most famous programming languages used to build relatively “prehistoric” websites, which you cannot look at now without smiling today. However, it is used in analytics and for developing modern portals, so I would not advise you to completely write it off! Although learning this programming language, in my opinion, is more challenging than perhaps the previous two, and not all managerial positions, which could be of interest to you,  need it. Therefore, evaluate your capabilities. Learn Java if you want to understand what the developers in your line of work are talking about, or to get the requests of the development department without hours of questioning, or not get lost when the number of requests from financial servers increases significantly.

Java works well if you need to set up electronic document management, create a risk management platform, or systematise financial flows within a company. However, the scope of influence of this programming language lies almost exclusively in the development area, so I advise you to turn to Java only if you require further interaction with the systems that run on it.

Where else can programming languages come in handy? I think, in the near future, practically everywhere. Large companies are already assessing their potential interns for their knowledge of SQL and Python, even if they are chosen for the position of assistant product manager. The rest of the market players will soon catch up with those setting this benchmark! So, I suggest you check out the above programming languages this evening.

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