• Question: What language do you use for programming and what would you say is an easy one to start off learning?

    Asked by DrProfessorKit to Andy on 12 Dec 2014.
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      Andy Hearn answered on 12 Dec 2014:

      Quite a lot of languages!

      I think I’ve been lucky enough to use C and then C++ mostly as a professional, and some developers say that once you know ‘C’, you can pick up any other language fairly quickly – I think that is very true.

      Python is great – it’s my next fave after C. I wish I had that all them years ago when I started! I reckon it is an excellent language to start coding with. https://www.python.org/about/gettingstarted/

      Some people used to think that starting coding is about typing one line at a time, and having to understand everything that goes on each line (yawn!). But nowadays learning to code is better with an example small source code file, not worrying about understanding everything in it but to get a general gist first, and then dig in whatever looks interesting like changing something in that piece of code, and see what happens next – making mistakes is *far* better than not making any actually! 🙂