10 Worst Programming Languages

A recent survey of 65,000 users conducted by Stack Overflow assimilated the list of most dreaded programming languages on Earth. The questionnaire was based on the programming languages they use, and the ones they have no interest in continuing to use in the future.

As we all know, programming languages are formal languages comprising a set of instructions and tools that produce various kinds of output. The programming language is called machine-language because we don't use any programming language as a dialect or to converse with each other. However, the implications of various programming languages are greater. They make our machines work and our software operable!

Despite their benefits, there are many programming languages that are dreaded by programmers for various reasons.

Ten worst programming languages on Earth

As pointed out by BusinessInsider.com

Some programming languages are known to cause massive headaches for developers. Sometimes it's because these languages are hard to learn. Sometimes it's because they're older and more likely to have bugs in the code or even crash. Or sometimes, writing in a certain language is simply frustrating.

Few programming languages are simply difficult and bothersome or are just not worth it. Let’s take a look.

10. R

R is a free, open-source programming language used for statistical computing, graphics, and data analysis. It is widely used by statisticians and data miners.

It first appeared in August 1993. Although many of R's standard functions are written in R itself, the programmers can use the assistance of C, C++, and FORTRAN to develop graphs.

As pointed out by r-project.org,

One of R’s strengths is the ease with which well-designed publication-quality plots can be produced, including mathematical symbols and formulae where needed.

9. Java

Jave is the most demanded skill in the programming world. Among the most demanded jobs, Java ranked first with 65,986 jobs. Java is a general-purpose programming language used by developers to create applications on your computer. It is defined as a programming language that is class-based and object-oriented.

Regarding the unpopularity of Java among the programmers, Jack Mannino of nVisium pointed out that,

"This may be an unpopular opinion due to JavaScript's immense popularity, but it's often quite a mess to work within reality. the code is unsustainable; it becomes quickly convoluted and hard to maintain."

8. C++

C++ is an all-purpose object-oriented programming (OOP) language. One of the earliest programming languages to be developed (c. 1979), it is one of the widely implemented programming languages around the world and is used in creating operating system, browsers, and games.

C and C+ were its predecessors, where C++ saw an advent of advanced programming language with a collection of predefined classes. Some of the benefits of using C++ include portability, object-oriented, multi-paradigm, low-level manipulation, memory management, and large community support.

Despite these, C++ is hated by many programmers because mainly because of their poor understanding of the language. Moreover, a poorly done C++ equally repels a programmer to delve into the language.

7. Ruby

Ruby is an open-source programming language that was created by blending the best parts of different programming languages by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto. Released in 1995, it has become of the most popular programming languages in the world.

Although it is used in various fields, it is best known as a language for web applications. Ruby makes it easy for the programmers to absorb change, continuous testing to further promote rapid development, and ensure quality. It's also well-known for security strength.

6. PHP

Although initially released in 1997, it wasn’t until 2004/2005 that it gained widespread acclaim as a reliable programming language for web development.  Today, you will find more than 75% of the websites in the world using PHP. It’s fast, reliable, and easy to comprehend.

PHP is a server-side scripting language that is used to develop static or dynamic webpages and Web applications.

The PHP programmers mostly hate it because they believe it is stagnant and it is prone to inconsistency and poor design.

5. C

C is the oldest programming language in the world. It is the earliest predecessor of C++. It was developed by an American computer scientist Dennis Ritchie in 1972 and was designed to develop a wide array of computer systems and hardware.

Many other programming languages take roots or references from C such as PHP and Java. Despite it popularity, it is hated by many programmers for its lack of module system, namespaces, and lambdas. Many programmers also point out the lack of automatic memory allocation, no garbage collection, and zero objects or classes.

4. Assembly

Assembly is defined as a low-level programming language that helps to program a specific computing device or architecture to handle operations and commands. Today, it is used for direct hardware manipulation and to address critical performance issues. The programmers believe that programming in assembly takes more code to do a certain task than other programming languages.

3. Perl

Perl is a family of two high-level programming languages developed in 1987. Despite its popularity in the early days, it lots its presence among the competing languages such as Ruby and Python. It's mainly used for prototyping, large scale projects, text manipulation, system administration, web development, network programming, etc.

As pointed out by hackernoon.com,

The main reason why Perl has a place in this list is that the language is so old and so inferior to python that no young or relatively experienced developer would be working on codes written on Perl.

2. Objective-C

Objective-C is an object-oriented programming language based on the C programming language. It is used to develop OS X and iOS operating systems and apps. Although originally developed by Brad Cox and Tom Love in the 1980s, Apple Inc. took the rights of the language to use for its iOS and Mac OS X.

Programmers often complain that Objective-C is mostly just plain old C.

1. Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

VBA or Visual Basic for Applications is a programming language and runtime environment developed by Microsoft to build its computer programs.

It's built into most Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel to automate repetitive tasks, like cleaning up tables, building a pop-up reminder, and formatting documents. Programmers complain that is it just plain old and limited.

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