What programming language is better to start learning?

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  • #1831206

    go24cash
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    What programming language to learn, and what is more promising?

    #1831299

    👑RebYidd23
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    Better than what?

    #1831298

    NOYB
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    It depends on what you want to do. Python is great for scripting. Many companies prefer Java or C++ for more detailed development. Don’t look for anonymous answers on YW, go to linkedin and look for professionals who can give you actual advice and help you figure out what you want to do and how.

    #1831295

    Burnt Steak
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    Deciding on what language you want to learn really depends on what you want to do with it. Different languages serve different purposes. For example if I wanted to do something that involves computer animation, I may use Ruby on Rails. And if I wanted to code apps for apple products, I would use swift.

    I’d say to start with an object oriented language and go from there if you want general knowledge. It may take some time to get used to the style of thinking to be able to code effectively. Python or Ruby are relatively easy to learn and you should start with one of them. They incorporate familiar English terms to make the code more understandable.

    R and SQL are incredibly useful languages to know and are very versatile.

    If you want to code basic websites, start with HTML then move to CSS and Javascript.

    #1831306

    Yserbius123
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    @Burnt Steak Ruby on Rails for computer animation? Huh? RoR is an MVC web app framework. Animation would be something like Unity or Maya.

    #1831307

    Reb Eliezer
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    Coldfusion

    #1831304

    Yserbius123
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    Programming languages are tools. Asking what’s the best to learn is like asking a carpenter whether you should level up your hammering or sawing skills.

    Python is huuuuuuge these days. Especially data processing and machine learning with the pandas and Tensor Flow libraries.

    Javascript is used in nearly every single webpage in existence and very popular.

    But my personal opinion is to go with C then C++. They are far more complicated and not used as much as they used to, but learning them teaches fundamentals of programming that you wouldn’t get from most other languages. Once you have C++ down, learning a new language should be a cinch.

    #1831314

    Reb Eliezer
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    learn HTML first by getting the HTML tutorial and then the coldfusion tutorial.

    #1831319

    Gog Umagog
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    Gog Umagog is coming very soon, its a waste of time to program now.

    Learn Ivrit and teach Sfat Hakodesh, that’s the ultimate language. Your input/output is much greater in this world and the next with Ivrit, especially when Mashiach is literally around the corner.

    #1831357

    Cleanmyhouse
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    I used to dabble with visual basic.
    Mashiach is coming!

    #1831398

    Reb Eliezer
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    Forget about Coldfusion for now. Go to Ebay and get Visual Studio and learn Visual Basic, It is the easiest language to learn.

    #1831403

    Reb Eliezer
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    Visual Studio 2019 Enterprise Version , can be gotten very cheap.

    #1831542

    RebbeDebbie
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    Python is a good language for a beginner to learn.

    SAS is a great language to learn for employment opportunities. You will need to pass the Base Certification (it is not hard and maybe take you about two months from zero to certification). You can learn on your own with a book from the public library, and install some software on your computer for free from the SAS website. Jobs with this certification are usually titled “SAS Programmer.” Check out indeed and linkedin for jobs: there are many of them located near frum friendly areas of the USA.

    SQL is a good skill to pick up too. Practice some basic excel too: pivot tables, etc.

    I DISAGREE with BurntSteak about R. My work has me use R and Python because I am a data scientist. All of the analysts on our team do not use it much. R is also very specialized and is not friendly to the user unless they need it for some heavy statistical analysis.

    #1831627

    Edmark1234
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    In many ways JavaScript is the new Java. Its used everywhere from front end web to back end, and googledoc scripting, drones, video games
    its also pretty easy to learn because of its syntax and prevalent educational material available

    i do find that many of the jewish dev shops stick to PHP because of one founders is jewish (just kidding its stable and robust language)

    #1831650

    Reb Eliezer
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    On the side, the first Object Oriented Programmer was Adam Harishan. The Bina Leitim on the pasuk Breishis (2,19) וכל אשר יקרא לו האדם נפש חיה הוא שמו should have said וכל אשר יקרא לו האדם הוא שמו what is נפש חיה? He explains that when it came to name a cow for example, he could not call it a living being because that is also his own name. Adam Harishon had to differentiate what makes a cow different from himself and incorporate that in the name. He had to understand inheritance.

    #1831954

    CTLAWYER
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    Feeling very old
    About 50 years ago learned both COBOL and Fortran using mainframe computers with punchcards

    #1831971

    DovidBT
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    About 50 years ago learned both COBOL and Fortran using mainframe computers with punchcards

    The choices were much simpler then.
    Punch cards were great. A stack of cards was a tangible result of your work. And old cards made good book marks for the computer manuals.

    #1831999

    Joseph
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    CTL, did you learn that in law school?

    #1832005

    yehudayona
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    The OP doesn’t mention why he wants to learn to program, so it’s hard to give an answer. “More promising” hints that he’s looking to work as a programmer. I haven’t worked in the field for almost 20 years so I’m not up to date on what’s in demand, but learning to program is pretty much the same regardless of language.

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    Reb Eliezer
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    CTLAWYER, I am as old as you are, but I go back to the 407 tabulating machines and control panel wiring.

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