Which Programming Language Should I Choose as a Beginner?

You have just stepped into college. It has not even been a week and is already hearing people talking about hefty paychecks and grand packages in Google, Microsoft, and other giants. They talk about dream offers of crores. You feel intimidated, which is understood. After all, you have just stepped into college; which means you are still a young youth like all others, wishing to taste success in life. But you are confused. These figures mesmerize you but they scare you at the same time.
Here is a secret! Don’t tell this to anyone. People have indeed got such huge packages, and that’s happy news. Why? you might ask. This is because it means you are equally worthy of getting it too. But nothing comes easy in life. You know this. You must be having an unconquerable urge to surmount all obstacles and willingness to not give up at any point in time.

Now let us come to our main point. Every single one of those jobs you heard about was in one way or the other related to computer programming. Here’s the harsh truth. There is a little scope of good placements in the core sector. We are not saying that it does not exist. But you need to be really good at what you do.
Most of the people in the core sector look for jobs in the IT sector since they are so many. Being a great programmer is the need of the hour. If you excel at programming, that naturally places you ahead of your peers by miles.

Probably you know all this. Then what is the point of telling you all this?

It is because you don’t know where to start. There are simply too many languages to choose from and so many resources available online. So many resources do nothing but overwhelm you.

The Boom of Programming Languages

The market is full of languages you won’t be able to count upon your fingers. There is the quintessential C/C++, there is that geeky Java, there is every developer’s apple of the eye Python, and the underrated guns like Ruby and Go.
With so many languages to choose from, how do you ideally begin with your journey into this fascinating world of programming? A nice question indeed. But unfortunately, the answer is not so straightforward.

First of all, let us keep aside all the relatively new languages such as Rust, Swift and Julia. They might seem appealing to you at a first glance keeping in mind their really cool names, but they are not recommended for a beginner.

Why’s that? It is not because these languages are hard or something complex. No. The reason why they are not recommended for a beginner is because of two reasons.

The potential and viable options we are left with are C/C++, Java or Python. Sorry, we do not consider HTML to be a programming language. Let us break it down. Maybe you have already learned one of these languages in your high school, but to be honest, it does not matter. For those who haven’t, let me tell you that people who already know a language are not particularly at an advantage as compared to you. Let us be honest here. The way programming is taught in schools is not the most efficient way to learn programming.

So What to Choose?

You might hear people saying that it is a subjective choice. Choose with whatever you feel like. Though this advice is not wrong, it does nothing but confuses an already confused individual. We will layout the scenarios in front of you. Choose the language according to your scenario.

So, here is the bottom line. Do figure out which category do you belong to and begin your journey to be a great programmer. No matter which language you pick up, just stick to it and don’t abandon it midway. Devote your time and energy to it and see it showering you with success.

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