In the modern era of IT world, everyone is dependent on some or the other technologies whether say waking up by an alarm clock on your smartphone to going to bed checking your social media accounts. I am sure you use PCs, laptops or tablets at work regardless of the field you are in for managing your work, meetings, presentations, etc.
We use so many apps and websites on different platforms to get our work done, for entertainment and education on daily basis without even realising about how we are getting access to the entire world with just a handheld device.
Before we dive in deeper let us know if you should even consider to learn programming in the first place?
Should you learn Programming?
Aren’t you curious about how these apps and websites connect us to the world? Even more than that how they even work in the first place? Can’t you create your own solution to a problem which may not even exist? You can, and the only skills required is your logical thinking and creativity to solve problems to begin with. So, if you are the kind of person I stated above then you should definitely learn programming.
How to get started?
All you need to get started is to learn programming to understand how a machine interprets your code. And believe me if you start from the core and get a proper understanding of this then you will definitely succeed in your programming career.
Which programming language should you learn first?
So which language should you learn first if you want to jump-start your programming career. I assume you don’t have prior experience to any of the programming languages and you are confused which programming languages to begin with.
Well before choosing the right language, you have to know your needs as ‘Why do you want to learn programming language at the first place?’ Are you bored of your current job and want a higher package? Or do you want to learn for starting a Web Agency? Or do you just want to learn it for Fun?
So, I hope you have now figured it out why you want to learn a new programming language. So which language should you choose to become a programmer. If you want to create an android/iOS app or a dynamic website or a web app, you first need to know the logic of how your code is interpreted by the computer. If you get the logic right then you can create anything after learning this language. But but… proceed only if you are serious about programming.
According to me if you are serious about programming, you should choose ‘C’ as your first language as It gives you immense amount of learning about how the machine interprets your code. What is unique in this language is the closeness of it to the computer hardware. You need to allocate memory for the tasks you want to achieve and free them yourself, so a minor mistake leads to a memory leak which keeps the memory in usage which ultimately makes your machine slow. So why not start with ‘C++’ or ‘Java’? By learning C first, you can become acclimated to the procedural side of the language and then learn object-oriented programming through C++ or Java as they are more complicated than C and can be overwhelming for a beginner.
Well to be frank with you, this language is quite hard for beginners that’s why most of the articles won’t even suggest you to go into learning it. But believe me if you understand this language than you can learn any programming language without much problems.
You might ask me ‘Will/Should I be using this language for any of the future projects?’ I would simply say No. ‘Then why am I learning it in the first place?’ Well if you want to get the fundamentals of programming, this is the way to go. Other modern languages like Python are easy to learn at first since you don’t have to worry for the curly braces and semicolons everywhere, the memory is automatically allocated/freed for you, etc. But as soon as you dive deeper into it, you may feel lost since Python or other modern languages are huge and you won’t know how they are interpreted from the machine’s perspective.
So, all I would recommend you now is that you should spend some time learning the basics of ‘C’ and as you get comfortable with this language you can transition it to any other modern language. And you know what’s the best part, you would have 2 languages under your belt instead of 1. So, a better resume is waiting for you, go and create it now.
Where should you start?
You can find many free ‘C’ courses online on sites like: Udemy, Coursera or Udacity, so go ahead with any of them and start learning right away instead of procrastinating what to learn first. And yes, believe me after learning ‘C’, you won’t say “I learned C.” but would rather say “I learned how to program.”