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If You Switched Languages, Which Would You Choose?

If you were to dive into a programming language you've never used before, which one would you choose? Share your pick and the reasons behind it. Discuss the challenges you anticipate facing during this leap and the resources you'd lean on for guidance. Seasoned developers, offer your insights on navigating such transitions. Let's explore the world of code from a fresh perspective!

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This reminds me of the "admired & desired" results in the stackoverflow developer survey, although I'm not quite sure how to interpret that. A lot of people desire to work with "zig"? really? I've only just heard of it.

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James Hansen

Definitely C++!! For the past 6 years while learning/building with Javascript & Python, I believe I've deprived myself of the fundamentals. I probably would've spent a lot less time banging my head against the wall, and had a smoother learning experience when taking on new languages as I would already have had a deeper understanding of what was going on behind the scenes.

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Mitchell Mutandah • Edited

I'd go for Go.

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Ben Halpern

Maybe Zig?

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Griff Polk


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My favorite languages are: D, Python, F#, and Lua.

For my day job, I currently program primarily in: C++ (C++17).

As long as we're dreaming, if I were king and switched from C++ to some other language for my day job, it'd likely be one of: Rust, Zig, Odin, Hylo (formerly Val), or Swift.

I'd also take a close look for consideration at Nim, Carbon, Jai (cough if Jon Blow ever finishes perfecting it cough), and Vale.

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J.R. Hill

I'm a fan of not having "a language." IMO this is for beginners who are learning to program, or for people who program casually.

Learn a ton of things -- languages, ecosystems, toolchains, etc but more importantly the underlying systems like the OS, browser, or device APIs -- and use the best tool for the job that you think you can figure out how to use.

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Mike Stemle

I already work in a variety of languages. I got in the habit years ago when I was in a job where I had to use ColdFusion, a language I didn’t care for.

We all have a number of tasks we do, and some of those can be automated, or at least we can build tools for ourselves. What a wonderful opportunity to learn a new language!

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Andreas Sander

For webdev topics I would try Go as a backend server as I heard now several times that it is really comfortable for building simple backends fast and easy to understand.

To appreciate compilers, I would like to invest time into Rust as the compiler seems to be really, really good with precise error messages. But I assume the learning curve is way steeper and the time invest is probably huge to get a grasp on the Rust ecosystem and syntax.

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George Johnson

Highly recommended, been doing a lot of work lately with Gin in Golang using standard Bootstrap with HTMX in the pages ( I'm backender I'm afraid! ), the Gin framwork makes it super fast to stand up a server and get the data flowing out into the pages is childsplay as it does all the heavy lifting with minimal effort.

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Jordan Tyler Burchett

Assembly and C.. I'd like to write my own OS kernel from scratch one day so these are essential but it will be very hard I know

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Bruno Santos

I'll be focusing on Golang soon (I'm a Nodejs guy now)

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I'd like to choose D or F#.

I'd probably actually choose Rust or Zig or Nim or Odin or Hylo (formerly known as Val) or Swift.

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Matthew Daly

I have thought that F# might be quite interesting.

I like functional programming so that aspect appeals to me. Bit put off by the whole .NET thing, though.

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I am interested in giving Python a try. Despite having used Java for nearly two years, I've heard that Python is considerably easier in comparison, although I haven't had the opportunity to try it

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Griff Polk

I’ve wanted to try Ruby/Ruby On Rails for a while, is that wrong?