csgeek
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This seems like a popular question among people who are looking to start programming. I began with Python, but only because my university's Intro to Computer Science class is taught in Python. To be completely honest though, I personally felt that C++ has been the most helpful. I'm no expert, though. There's different debates about which one is the best to begin with. Another important thing to consider is, of course, what you want to to with programming. Are you looking to get into mobile development? Web development? Databases? etc. Some of these require specific languages. For example, android app development requires Java. From what the Computer Science adviser at my campus explained, they believe Python is the best programming language for beginning students because it is fun and easy to learn. I agree. I remember really enjoying my Python class, and it motivated me to continue with Computer Science. Any programmers have some wisdom to share? What programming language did you start with? Which one would you recommend to beginners?
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@patrickballeux thanks! that is so true, master the concepts and you can use any language. I didn't learn Java until later, but I definitely see what you mean. please keep sharing your wisdom :-)
As the first language, I would go with Java as it is easy to deploy in any computer and does enforce data types strongly. It's easy enough to understand the concepts but keeps the programmer in a strict environment where you need to think before typing. The main issue with languages like PHP, JQuery (javascript) or VB is that they are permissive and does not encourage the developper to pay attention to a good design. Often, you'll try to figure out a bug only to discover that a String was passed to a function that was waiting for an integer value. I'm not saying that they are not good for developing professional grade apps. As a beginner, it is important to understand fundamental concepts and Java does promote strong typing and reusability by its implementation. I don't know much about Python as I already learned to many languages (java, c ,c#,vb,javascript,php,sql to name a few). A beginner should concentrate on understanding reusability, clarity of the code and memory management. Once those concepts acquired, the language does not matter.
I started with Python and I must say it's a great language for beginners. It is straight-forward with its simple syntax, is incredibly readable incase you come across a bug or reread an old code, great for small simple programs, and easy to learn the basics of programming. It's easy to run the code anywhere you want, especially on linux. I really do think it's perfect for getting your feet wet.
i started with C, good start though. I then easily picked Java and now it becomes my favorite programming language.
@patrickballeux @csgeek I'm going to take these into consideration. I dabbled with Java because I was curious about android but I feel like I don't have enough foundation to really excel with the programming. I'm more of a web person, but like you said @patrickballeux I feel that languages such as javascript have not prepared me for software development world. It requires much more than I realize, but I'm willing to learn! One of the reasons why I decided to dual boot my PC with Linux so I can experiment. Props to you programmers, you have such an important skill in our day and age ^^
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