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posted by martyb on Friday November 04 2016, @07:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the choose-logically dept.

We've had this question asked before I believe but it does no harm in asking it again and again. After all, opinions change as does the software ecosystem. Quincy Larson of asked this question via Medium: What programming language should you learn first? He thinks JavaScript is the way to go and his arguments are cogent and well thought out. However, I am somewhat hesitant to suggest someone learn to code in JavaScript first. My first programming language (in 1981!) was Fortran on a Control Data mainframe. The interactive environment the OS provided was pretty simple and the language provided few opportunities to hang yourself. JavaScript, by comparison, while it may not have those evil pointers of C/C++, it offers functional features and plenty of rope to hang oneself.

So, opinions please.

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  • (Score: 0, Redundant) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday November 04 2016, @11:33PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday November 04 2016, @11:33PM (#422678) Homepage is a great suggestion for those "How should I teach my 3 year-old kid how to code?" discussions. You'd be better off using Duplo blocks.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by moondoctor on Friday November 04 2016, @11:56PM

    by moondoctor (2963) on Friday November 04 2016, @11:56PM (#422684)

    I thought that was the question! I learned to program when I was 8, basic and pascal.