What Programming Language should I start
This is very difficult to answer because there are so many different
reasons to select one language over another. Often the correct answer
is that you should select a certain language because you have a
compiler for that language, you have an immediate need to program
something in that language, or you know someone that is an expert
in that language and is available to help you work through the rough
If you are entering programming as a career, you should note that
the three most popular languages, according to newspaper want ads,
are C++, Basic, and Java. These three languages are somewhat similar
in construction and ability, but the differences are marked enough
that they each require a different mindset to use successfully.
Any of these would suffice for general programming, but either C++
or Java should be selected for a large program. Note that, at Coronado
Enterprises, we do not have a Java tutorial available.
Ada-95 is the Department of Defense sponsored language (however,
it is now a publicly owned language) that features a great deal
of compiler help to isolate and fix errors resulting in higher quality
software. There is considerably less demand for Ada programmers
in today's commercial and defense markets than for those languages
already mentioned. Ada-83 is considered obsolete, but is still being
used in some legacy systems.
Pascal is the only other language considered in this web site.
Even though it is an excellent language, it did not develop in the
marketplace as well as other languages, so is not nearly as sought
after for software development. It is, however, still used for significant
software development in some software companies and would be a great
choice as a first language to study.
Basic is in heavy use in many industries, but we do not have a
tutorial for Basic, so we have little to say about it. Assembly
language is rarely needed any longer since optimizing compilers
often provide smaller and faster code than hand crafted assembly.
Occasionally, a very specialized program must be coded in assembly
language but that is very rare anymore.
There are many other languages, but because we have little or no
experience with them, we cannot recommend their use. The interested
student is instructed to search elsewhere for good information on
any other languages.
Actually, it matters very little which language you start with
because a good programmer should know several languages. If your
first choice does not meet the immediate need, it is relatively
easy to learn another language because of your experience gained
with the initial choice. Each new language is easier to learn than