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Initially, Microsoft was going to release its own version of the Java language (Microsoft Java or J++), but they had to sue the copyright holders (Sun Microsystems) because of some controversial points. Therefore, the management decided on the need to create their own language that would meet their requirements and the development of which they could control. This is how C# came to be.
C# was developed thanks to the efforts of Anders Hejlsberg, the creator of the compiler that formed the basis for Turbo Pascal and the Delphi programming language. The first version of the language was released in June 2000 (it is possible that Microsoft wanted to celebrate the new millennium), and the final version was released in 2002 along with Visual Studio. Now C# has become one of the most popular programming languages, even slightly ahead of its predecessor.
It is difficult to talk about any philosophy of the language when it comes to C#. The fact is that from the very beginning, the language was not open source because it was created specifically for one well-known corporation headed by Comrade Gates. Many concepts and constructions were borrowed from other languages, such as C, C++, Java, etc. (the first versions of the language were very similar to Java, although now C# can no longer be considered just a clone of this language, it has gone so far ahead).
C# cannot be considered only as a language. It is part of a large system that includes the Windows OS, the Visual Studio development environment (and other tools), and, of course, Microsoft itself, which provides support for this language. C# will exist and develop as long as Microsoft exists and as long as people use Windows, and this will be a very, very long time.
The early versions of C# were somewhat straightforward and were designed to run crude commands with a task-oriented approach. Tell the computer a simple request, and the computer will complete the task. This is more or less the main function of any programming language. C# stands out for being exclusive to Microsoft software or other Microsoft products.
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C# is definitely in demand today. There are a lot of vacancies, both for large enterprise projects with a conservative stack and for companies starting new projects, where the most advanced developments and tools are used.
At the same time, it is very important to understand that the scope of this language is very wide:
Therefore, within the framework of one language, it is possible to combine specialization in several areas and at the same time use familiar tools and libraries.
Talking about exact numbers, according to Google Trends, JS has a confident lead from the pursuer.
On top of that, we can assume that C# is losing popularity in cloud applications but still plays an important role in games.
A new survey of developers from Slashdata showed that the popularity of C# fell from third to sixth place in three years. C# is the primary language of the Microsoft .NET platform.
However, despite the decline in popularity, the general use of C# is still growing, and it is especially popular in game development.
The British company Slashdata conducted a survey in which more than 30,000 software developers from more than 160 countries took part. They surveyed over 17,000 developers around the world for this report, entitled The State of the Developer Nation.
This is the 19th year that a research company has conducted such a study.
Slashdata report differs from other "popularity" indexes such as StackOverflow or Redmonk. This is because Slashdata researchers aim to measure the absolute number of users of a programming language, not just determine the relative popularity of each programming language.
The Slashdata report lists several important findings regarding programming languages.
The report notes that C# is still gaining popularity, but not as quickly as some other languages.
"Perhaps C# continues to dominate the game developer and AR / VR ecosystems," the report said. Additionally, the report noted that C# appears to be losing ground in desktop development. Perhaps this was due to the emergence of cross-platform tools based on web technologies, according to researchers at Slashdata.
All this and much more. It is the most successful community of programmers of all time. Definitely the worst language, but many times larger, more diverse, bolder, and fast-paced community.
Rolling back to Slashdata's report, they found that only 6.0 million developers were using C#. This represents a serious blunder for the language: it fell from 3rd to 6th place in the poll. Moreover, C# even gave way to PHP, which had 6.1 million users.
Given the fact that Microsoft is actively developing the .NET Core platform, we think that the number of vacancies in this direction will increase in the near future. The market, according to the classic version of .NET, has already been formed, and most likely, there will not be any global changes in it in the near future. One should not expect a big rise or fall in wages. But don't forget that C# is one of the top ten "highest-paid" programming languages.
Of course, we would advise beginners to learn C#. In our opinion, this is a perfectly balanced OOP language that makes it easy enough to start working with it, using simple and concise constructions at the beginning, and in the future, gradually move to such powerful tools as Linq and lambda expressions.
A person who starts learning programming with this language will initially acquire the correct skills when writing code.
In this regard, C# has a number of advantages:
All projects are individual. Hence, we can't say in advance how much you will have to spend. The final quote would be impacted by a number of requirements and the client's wishes.
Still, we can give you a clearer understanding of what to expect by looking at the rating of "What Languages Are Associated with the Highest Salaries Worldwide."
For a long time, C# has been confidently holding its positions in the ranking of the most demanded languages in the development market. At first, only Windows developers were interested in it, but then C# learned to work on Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. And after the platform code was opened to everyone, almost all possible restrictions on the use of C# were removed. As a result, the language is actively developing and being used more and more. It is often recommended for study as one of the basic for developers of any profile.
The C# toolkit allows you to solve a wide range of problems. The language is really very powerful and versatile. It is often used to develop:
The list of development possibilities is practically unlimited due to the widest set of tools and facilities. Of course, all of this can be done with other languages. But some of them are highly specialized, and in some, you will have to use additional third-party tools. In C#, solving a wide range of problems is as fast, simple as possible, and with less time and resources.
Since the language belongs to Microsoft, it is used in almost all products that have been developed or purchased. Let's consider the most interesting of them.
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Robert is a co-founder and CEO of Ideamotive. Entrepreneur, who with passion spreads digital revolution all around the internet. Mentor and advisor at startup accelerators. Loves to learn and discover new business models.View all author posts
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