Well that's such an incredibly broad question that I don't know where to start. It's a bit like asking which world language to learn - there are so many, and they're so different, and they're useful for different things. If you're going to South America, learn Spanish. If you're going to Asia, maybe learn Chinese. Africa? You'll get quite far with French or English. It all depends what you're aiming at.
If you're a total beginner, I would recommend a structured, logical language like BASIC
as a good starting point, and investigate related languages such as Pascal
(see also this
). Then you can more easily branch out into C
and others, which are basically all convoluted versions of each other.
However, you may be thinking of web design. I'd then learn the basics of HTML
(and associated CSS
), and then consider looking at PHP
. If you want to continue with web programming in real programming languages, look into Java
, as well as ASP
and related languages.
And then, somewhere between these, are database languages such as SQL
As you can see, this is already a huge range of specialist languages which are completely different from one another. There are plenty of tutorials online for starting in these, as well as various For Dummies-type books. Can you give any more information on what you want to be able to do, and at what level?
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