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HI. I was wondering what everybody thought is a good programing language (meaning an easy to learn) for someone just starting. I hope this is the right place to post ...
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    HI. I was wondering what everybody thought is a good programing language (meaning an easy to learn) for someone just starting. I hope this is the right place to post it Thanks

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    I'd say go for C, because once you know C, it'll be a little easier to learn some other languages, because C has a great structure. I think C is one of the more useful languages, and it's really not that hard. I also like Perl.

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    If your into web design, HTML or XML, if your into programing, Java or C++
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    I like Perl.

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    PHP!!!

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    Java or C/C++
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    I would have to say Java or C. PHP and Perl would be for more experienced people. I myself don't get PHP yet. I stay with regular HTML and JavaScript.

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    I started with Pascal, but I imagine it's hard to find these days. If I were to recommend a language to someone just starting out I would say Java, and *not* C.

    Allow me to clarify this, since I do program C/C++ as well as Java, and most of the programs and the kernel of Linux are written in C. The problem with learning C as your first language these days is that C is not an object-oriented language. This matters to me because new software development these days is done in languages that use the idea of Objects. For someone just starting out, it would be beneficial to grasp the ideas of objects now rather than pick them up down the road after months of doing procedural programming in C.

    That's not to say learning C is a bad thing; quite the opposite. Since as I mentioned, most Linux and UNIX applications are written in C, it's quite beneficial. I just don't recommend *starting out* with C for someone completely new to programming.

    I write Java for a living, but I started out as a C/C++ programmer, so this recommendation is based on my personal experiences with the language. In my opinion, it's easier to learn object-oriented programming first and pick up procedural later on than to have to "unlearn" the way you program in procedural languages (like C or Pascal) in order to pick up C++ or Java. Your mileage may vary.
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    As stated above C/C++ & Java. Now we (as in work) program in VB .NET. I am not 100% happy w/it however, it is a new and has bugs. Yes that means we paid M$ a lot of $$. I am now in my spare time trying to get it to run on linux which makes my work fun and enjoyable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy1701
    I like Perl.

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    I like PERL because it can be easy for newbies and can be complex for pros. Everybody can program in PERL
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