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    Which language?

    Which programming languages are most popular? Does it matter?

    Which programming languages are most popular (and what does that even mean)? | ZDNet
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    Python is often cited as ideal for learning programming , whereas Java, C++, and C# probably come up the most often listed in job ads.

    But any answer is almost inherently controversial. I mean, while we're on the topic, which religion is the best one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    while we're on the topic, which religion is the best one?
    By definition it's mine, of course.
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    Quote of the week, for me, from the ZDNet article: "Programming is not just an intellectual exercise. You have to actually make stuff."

    I like the author's take on this whole thing.

    Reminds me a bit of the late surrealist artist Salvador Dali's answer, below.

    "Sr. Dali, what is truly in fashion?"
    "Whatever is not."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    I remember when a programmer only had to know COBOL. This language was used by about 85% of companies. Now you have to know about a dozen in order to work in IT.

    Well, I'm glad that I survived an IT career only knowing one language at a time - COBOL, and then later SQR (using SQL). I don't consider myself stupid, but I would be hard pressed to intelligently know 12 languages, let alone 20. The potential of mixing up the proper syntaxes would be challenging.
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    Also relevant from Dalí: "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
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    I think Python, C++ and Java. HTML and CSS are basic and easy learning languages.

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    Not All are Easy

    Quote Originally Posted by don_jackson View Post
    I think Python, C++ and Java. HTML and CSS are basic and easy learning languages.
    HTML and CSS are easy. Python, C++, and Java are definitely NOT easy. I have worked with C++, Java, and HTML, not in any of my IT jobs but just for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by don_jackson View Post
    HTML and CSS are basic and easy learning languages.
    These are easy because they are markup languages, not programming languages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BusinessManIT View Post
    I remember when a programmer only had to know COBOL. This language was used by about 85% of companies. Now you have to know about a dozen in order to work in IT.

    Well, I'm glad that I survived an IT career only knowing one language at a time - COBOL, and then later SQR (using SQL). I don't consider myself stupid, but I would be hard pressed to intelligently know 12 languages, let alone 20. The potential of mixing up the proper syntaxes would be challenging.
    Oh so you were one of those guys who didn't know Assembler, PL/I, or JES and had to ask the real system owners when your COBOL faulted

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