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Figure out what you want to do before you choose a programming language. If you're starting out, select a language that aligns well with your short and long-term goals instead of choosing something random.

What are some of the things you want to make?  

  • websites 
  • computer games 
  • mobile apps (iOS? Android?) 

What are some of the things you can do?

  • data science
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • cyber security
  • technical writing
  • database administration

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SQL is not really a "programming" language. You won't be making entire Apps with it. But you'll use it to communicate with or get information from databases. 

SQL is essential if you want to work with data science. But if you've never written a single line of code in y...

Python is a versatile general-purpose language. You can use it for almost anything, from web development to games.

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Java used to be one of the most commonly taught languages in computer science programs, but Python and Ruby are easier to learn.

If you want to be an Android developer, start with Java. But if not, Python may give you more versatility. 

Ruby on Rails is not a language. Ruby is the language. Rails is the framework. 

Most experienced developers agree that Ruby is fun to use, but it’s pretty intolerant of errors. Ruby is a high-level language that can accomplish quite a bit with just a few lines of code. But it’s not a l...

A game developer uses Unity. With Unity, you can build amazing games, even as a beginner. With Unity, you'll probably use C#.

 

C #is a great language to learn first if your goal is to be a game developer or if you want to build Microsoft applications.

Once you've learned HTML, CSS, Flexbox and Grid, you'll find that your programming journey has led to Java Script.

JavaScript is used to make websites interactive and web elements functional. You can add a button to your Website with HTML, style it with CSS, and give it functionality with J...

Many people think that they want to "learn how to code", but they don't stop to consider what they want to make.

  • JavaScript is unavoidable if you want to get into front-end development, but many people jump into it without considering what they're trying to do.
  • Many computer sc...

HTML is used to put text, images, and other elements on a website - for example, headers, footers, line breaks, links, italicized text, etc.

CSS is used to change how these elements work. CSS lets you customize the look of each element on your page, such as...

If you want to be an iOS developer, it’s fine to start with Swift. Swift is a relatively new language and easy to learn.

Swift can be your first language to learn if your goal is to be an iOS developer.

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