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    Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Hello, I have always had a passion for computers, since I was young, I am now 24 and currently work in marketing, I have decided I don't really want to follow this career path anymore and would like to pursue something I am quite passionate about.
    I have no experience in programming languages what so ever, but would like to start and learn as much as I can, in turn helping me to work in software development.

    I had a few questions I hope someone experienced can answer.

    Which are the main languages I need to learn and which should I start first.

    I was looking at Java to begin with then moving onto C++, I also wanted to know which were the most sought after certifications for the languages. What exactly do employers look for in these sort of job roles?

    I don't want to run before I can walk just want a general idea and some advice really on the best course of action to get to where I want to be.

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Imo, certifications get you in the door for an interview but what you really need to learn is how to code in the language you choose. Programming interviews are unlike other interviews - in a programming interview you will grilled with in depth technical questions about programming. You can have all the certifications you like but they won't help if you can't answer the technical questions.

    But you may worry about interviewing later, probably the thing to do is enroll in a class to see if you like to program. Yes, the money in programming is good, but not good enough if you don't have the aptitude and hate it. Take a class first and see if it's something you look forward to and enjoy. Then worry what languages or areas to get into later.

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Since you don't mention any application area in particular I suggest you try out Python. It's an increasingly popular language in education at all levels from school children to university students.

    For example, here's a recent survey of introductory languages at US universities,

    https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm...ities/fulltext

    But Python is not just for education. It has a high rating in overall popularity as the TIOBE index shows,

    https://www.tiobe.com/tiobe-index/

    And here's a high quality motivational introduction,

    http://www.cs.montana.edu/~sdowdle/P...-April2015.pdf
    Last edited by wolle; October 23rd, 2017 at 10:38 AM.

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arjay View Post
    Imo, certifications get you in the door for an interview but what you really need to learn is how to code in the language you choose. Programming interviews are unlike other interviews - in a programming interview you will grilled with in depth technical questions about programming. You can have all the certifications you like but they won't help if you can't answer the technical questions.

    But you may worry about interviewing later, probably the thing to do is enroll in a class to see if you like to program. Yes, the money in programming is good, but not good enough if you don't have the aptitude and hate it. Take a class first and see if it's something you look forward to and enjoy. Then worry what languages or areas to get into later.
    Thanks for the clarification!

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Hi,

    There are many like you, I think you should more focus towards languages which are more popular nowadays like python/R etc.

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    I also worked in marketing for a long time and studied this specialty at the university, when I was preparing my coursework about the marketing plan for frozen yogurts delight company on, but later I went on to develop applications because I liked it more. I also think that you need to start with JavaScript or Python, since these are one of the most common languages and they are easier to learn. A good introduction to JavaScript on Udacity and on edX you can start to learn Python.
    Good luck!

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    Re: Decided I would like to learn some languages.

    Quote Originally Posted by eterd View Post
    I also worked in marketing for a long time and studied this specialty at the university, when I was preparing my coursework about the marketing plan for frozen yogurts delight company on https://answershark.com/writing/busi...s-delight.html, but later I went on to develop applications because I liked it more. I also think that you need to start with JavaScript or Python, since these are one of the most common languages and they are easier to learn. A good introduction to JavaScript on Udacity and on edX you can start to learn Python.
    Good luck!
    I would also like to add that now Swift is gaining popularity, but it's intended primarily for iOS and macOS developers. Compatible with the basic Apple code base written in Objective-C.

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