Which Programming Language Should I Learn First? It is the question of every person who has an idea of programming languages and their use. But, When it comes to a normal person then the questions that come to their minds are What is a programming language? Is it necessary to learn a programming language? The word Programming language sounds like something technical, hard to understand. But the answer is very simple that it is not necessary to learn any language it is just a matter of interest, but it is a good approach to learn any programming language even if you are not a programmer. As the scope of programming is increasing day by day.
Programming Languages are those which can automatically perform repeating tasks. Programming languages have the ability to call themselves again and again automatically.
Now coming back to the most important question I get asked is
Which Programming language I should learn?
It is something like buying a new cell phone. Where you consider all specifications of the cell phone, your budget, cell phone brand, and model, etc. Same in the case of selecting a language there are few things user should consider:
- The job market for the languages.
- The most in-demand languages.
- New and highly paid languages.
- What projects you can build using which language.
- Your interest.
Among all, the most important is your interest. The programming language you want to learn needs to depend on what you want to do. All programming is not the same. Programming languages vary with platforms and devices. I can’t create a desktop app for windows using Java. We use Java for Android app development, not for IOS and windows applications. Same as C# is used for developing desktop applications but there are many people using Asp.net the same task. All matter is of support. You need to know which language is supportable at which place. These are the general things that sometimes leave an impressive impact on your listeners. Along with that, you should know your capabilities.
To make this decision of language selection easier a user should know the languages mostly used by the programmers. No not all the languages but the few important ones!
- Back-end/Server-side Programmer: Usually uses one of the following: Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, Rust, Elixir, Swift, and C#.
- Mobile Programmer: Objective-C or Java (for Android). HTML and CSS for mobile websites.
- 3D Programmer/Game Programmer: C/C++, OpenGL, Animation.
- High-Performance Programmer: C/C++, Java.
Besides all these, there are a number of languages present in the market but
Remember: It’s NOT about how much you KNOW, but rather what you DO with what you know.
It means that if you know 10 languages then it doesn’t mean you will get a job without any effort, the thing that matters is how perfectly you use your skills and satisfies your customer.
The sequence in which one should start learning programming languages
Choosing your first language to learn is really a difficult task to do. If you don’t do it properly you will get bored soon hence leaving the idea of learning something new. As I had said earlier something that matters is called logic. Along with logic while choosing your first language okay you should discuss it with others and take suggestion but the most important is you should ask yourself that is my interest? What I want to accomplish in the future?
When it comes to me I started my career with C language and I would recommend newbies to learn C language first as it gives a good base to learn the general concepts, syntax, and grammar of a programming language. It is easy to lean and still in use. Then moves to C++ and C#, these two programming languages are purely object-oriented and are still in use in many sectors. For web development, I started from HTML and CSS and further moved to other languages.