How can I learn programming languages and which programming language should I start with?


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Learning programming languages can be a valuable and rewarding skill, and there are many different ways to approach this process. Here I share some key steps to follow when learning programming languages:

  1. Choose a language to learn. There are many different programming languages available, each with its own strengths and uses. Some popular languages include Python, Java, C++, and JavaScript. Consider your goals and interests when choosing a language to learn, and don’t be afraid to try out multiple languages to see which one you enjoy the most. The reason there are so many programming languages is because they cater to different applications and domains. So some programming languages are suitable for business applications, others for scientific and engineering applications, and some for building the fabric of the internet – websites, frontend and backend, etc.
  2. Find resources to learn from. There are many different resources available to help you learn programming languages, including online tutorials, books, and video courses. Consider your learning style and preferences when choosing which resources to use, and don’t be afraid to try out multiple resources to see which ones work best for you. One of the best sources for free resources is YouTube, but many universities like MIT, Harvard, The Open University etc offer free in-depth courses. You could also consider some excellent courses on Udemy and Udacity
  3. Start with the basics. When learning a programming language, it’s important to start with the basics and build your knowledge gradually. This will help you develop a strong foundation of skills and understanding, and will make it easier to tackle more advanced topics as you progress.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. The key to mastering a programming language is to practice regularly. This can involve working through tutorials and examples, writing your own code, or working on projects that challenge you and help you develop your skills.
  5. Join a community. Learning to program can be a solitary pursuit, but it can also be incredibly rewarding to join a community of other learners and experienced programmers. This can provide support, motivation, and opportunities to learn from others, and can help you stay engaged and motivated as you progress in your learning.

As for which programming language to start with, it ultimately depends on your goals and interests. Some popular languages to start with include Python, which is widely used for data analysis and machine learning, and JavaScript, which is commonly used for web development. However, other languages such as Java or C++ may also be good options, depending on your specific interests and goals.

There are many common features between various programming languages. Read this article The Core of All Programming Languages (or What is Similar in Programming Languages?)

In conclusion, learning programming languages can be a valuable and rewarding skill, and there are many different ways to approach this process. By choosing a language to learn, finding resources to learn from, starting with the basics, practicing regularly, and joining a community, you can learn programming languages and develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this field.

All the best is learning programming.



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