Programming languages have never been as widely used as they are today. Jesús Lagares Galá, student of Computer Engineering at the University of Cadiz and collaborating student at the Department of Computer Engineering, is aware of this and has given us an interesting lecture on Programming languages for cybersecurity at C1b3rWall Academy 2021.

The aim of his talk has been to highlight the importance of programming languages today, to give a brief introduction to anyone who does not know what they are and how they work, and to encourage the listener/reader to delve into this world.

The pandemic has accelerated the technological boom around the world, so learning and using programming languages is becoming less of an option.

What is a programming language?

A language is a set of signs and rules agreed upon by humans to convey a message. The programming language represents the set of instructions that allow the computer to perform certain functions, a language that we use to communicate with our computer. Just as in any language we have a grammar or syntax, the same thing happens in programming, with different elements that compose it: variables, type semantics, conditional structures, etc. Some examples of programming languages are C, Java or PHP. There are also languages that do not have these elements and therefore are not entirely considered programming languages, such as HTML.

Which language should I start with?

Python or PHP are easy options to start with. However, the choice depends on one’s goals. Would you like to earn a lot of money and not invest too much time? Learn Perl, Scala, Rust, Go or Ruby. Would you like to program web pages because you are passionate about it? Use PHP or JavaScript.

There is no doubt that knowledge of programming languages is a highly demanded skill and employers will increasingly search for employees with those skills.  Therefore, I invite you to learn more about this interesting world in Module 4 of C1b3rWall Academy. You can read Jesús full article on News-365.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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