What Programming Language Should You Learn?

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Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Ever since the first computer programs were "written" on punch cards, computer programming has been defined by the programming language paradigm, a host of programming languages designed to serve specific needs and create particular kinds of software. Like spoken languages, programming languages change with time, and those languages that cannot adjust with time get written off as obsolete, like Roman Latin (as opposed to Church Latin), Aramaic, or Romance. The graveyard of programming languages includes such classics as Jacquard Loom, ENIAC, and Turbo Pascal, all abandoned because something else came along that could do what they did, either better, or with something added on.

There are several major programming languages still in existence today, each with its specific uses, and thus, audience. Picking the right language is essential to accomplishing the desired outcome because every platform has its preferred programming language or languages. There are programming languages used to build municipal mainframes in the 1970s, of which only a handful of living programmers can code. Some machines rely on specific kinds of code to create consumer products or read a patient's heart rate. With so many options open to you, which one is the right one for you to learn? Take this quiz and find out!

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