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Discussion on: Which programming language would you start with and why?

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Nate

Agreed. First language should generally fit the following criteria.

  1. Plenty of learning material (strongly correlated with popularity but I learned to program my TI-84 just from the manual).
  2. Low barrier to entry: don’t need to download SDKs set environment variables etc.
  3. Be able to build what you’re initially interested in building.

Generally JavaScript fits this criteria the best. Though I have a strong preference for strongly typed languages myself.