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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 FreeCodeCamp.com 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: 2) by choose another one on Saturday November 05 2016, @11:02AM

    by choose another one (515) on Saturday November 05 2016, @11:02AM (#422797)

    Yeah, but as ever the trouble is you don't know exactly _which_ thousands of lines are unused so it all just has to stay there with (possibly) no function except to scare and confuse the uninitiated...

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  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday November 05 2016, @12:33PM

    Oh the bits we do use do that just fine. Which I don't quite understand. Sure, it takes a while to really get a handle on the overall functionality but most of the fixing we do only requires minor changes to one or two files, so you don't need to understand the whole thing to get some useful work done.

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