Choose the Best Programming Language for Your Child

2. JavaScript

Best for reaching a web audience

JavaScript is an object-oriented and procedural programming language that’s used for front-end or client-facing applications, meaning its actions are executed on the user’s computer.

The language is very popular, supported by many users (and jobs!), and is native on all web browsers. JavaScript is most commonly used to make complex and interactive web applications.

Though their names sound similar, Java and JavaScript are two very different coding languages (see the next section).

Great for:

  • Students who are interested in web development and design
  • Kids who want to start learning the fundamentals of programming

What your child could create at iD Tech:

A web-based, two-dimensional game!

Featured courses:

  • Coding 101 (ages 10–12) at iD Tech Camps
  • Coding and Engineering 101 (ages 10–12) at iD Tech Camps

3. Java

Best for intermediate students

Java is one of the most widely used programming languages in the world, with analysts saying that about 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies leverage Java. So it’s a great option for students who want a rich understanding of coding that can be built upon for years to come.

Java is a statically typed language, meaning it requires you to specify a variable type. While this means that apps built with Java are known to be more scalable, stable, and maintainable, it also means that Java can take longer to master than other languages.

Java can be used to make game engines, Android mobile apps, large backend environments, and much more.

Great for:

  • Intermediate coders who want to strengthen their skill set
  • Kids who want to learn Java principles through a fun game like Minecraft
  • Teens who are preparing to take the Computer Science AP Exam
  • Teens who want to develop a strong understanding of programming concepts
  • Patient students who don’t mind taking time to learn the language’s syntax

What your child could create at iD Tech:

A text-based game, app, or graphical program, depending on the course!

Featured courses:

  • Minecraft Coding Class (ages 10–12) at iD Tech Camps
  • Code Apps with Java (ages 13–17) at iD Tech Camps
  • Code and Develop Games with Java (ages 13–17) at iD Tech Camps
  • Code Café: Development with Java (girls ages 10–15) at Alexa Café
  • Game Station: Code Games with Java (girls ages 10–15) at Alexa Café
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