Newer Coding Languages Versus Older Coding Languages

By Marc|August 8, 2015|Computer Programming|

People might think that the newer programming languages are always going to be more complicated and more advanced, given the typical trajectory of technological progress and the trend towards the fact that more complex systems are also usually proportionately more complex to learn in the first place. However, a lot of the early programming languages are full of bugs and problems. They were made with less technological input than many of the more modern programming languages, for starters.

They were also made by people who weren’t able to build on all of the experience of others, since they were the ones who were really founding the field to begin with, so they were working out the bugs literally and figuratively. People today have their experience to build on, and they have their own experience to build on, so it isn’t surprising that many of the more recent programming languages are just going to be that much more functional.

I always tell all young programmers that they’re lucky that they didn’t have to grind through a lot of the older systems, especially not in a world where computer programmers were impossibly geeky and mysterious. We’re a lot more mainstream today, and being considered geeky is a good thing today anyway.

However, a lot of young programmers today are going to be telling the programmers of the 2030s or the 2040s about how lucky they have it, when computers are going to be partly programming themselves, or maybe largely programming themselves. A lot of us are still doing everything manually today in a way that might be obsolete in the future. I honestly hope that our approach is going to be antiquated, because I just don’t like the idea of technologically enhanced people in the late twenty-first century still working through endless lines of code looking for errors. I guess I’m one of those older people who wants something better for the new generation rather than wishing that they could suffer as much as I did, and I really hope coding becomes just as easy as expected.

Developing a Balanced Set of Programming Skills

By Marc|August 1, 2015|Computer Programming|

Learning anything that’s overly difficult can get discouraging very quickly, and that’s probably the sort of difficulty that you’re going to have if you start out with a programming language that’s just too challenging. Learning Python is going to give you more immediate rewards, making you more enthusiastic about learning programming languages in the first place, which is going to ultimately lead to better results for you in the future.

Of course, that isn’t the only reason to learn Python. I don’t want to start selling Python short as some sort of training-wheels version of a programming language that’s useful for beginners and not for serious programmers, because that is definitely not the case. Python is actually one of the most versatile programming languages that’s in use today, and it has managed to replace several of the old standbys in the industry already. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I recommend it to beginners so strongly.

There can be something frustrating about education for education’s sake. When kids complain about the fact that they’re never going to learn a good portion of the stuff that they’re struggling with in schools, they’re not entirely off the mark. They get to have grades at least, and these grades can help them get into better schools. If you’re teaching yourself a programming language, you need to be able to work on your own rewards system, and that’s a whole lot easier when you know that you’re actually working for the sake of tangible rewards.

Some adults go back to school for the sake of educational enrichment and self-improvement, but most of them are going back to school for the sake of furthering their careers, gaining the education that they need to change their careers, or broadening their job opportunities. Any of the grades that they receive when they’re actually in college are just personal bonus points. The important thing is that they have earned the sort of credentials that might actually manage to help them earn more money. Python is the sort of programming language that can definitely serve as a gateway to a newer and better job, even for people who already work in programming if they just aren’t familiar with a more profitable programming language.

Python is a programming language that will prove to be instrumental in emerging and existing 3D applications, game scripting, various systems, administration scripting, and the web. People in a wide range of different fields are going to be able to benefit from it, which is why it is such a good introductory language. It’s a newer language than many of the programming languages that you might decide to learn, which is part of why it is relatively easy to learn than many of the others.

However, it is still a good idea to learn JavaScript at one point or another. Ambitious people could still start out with it, and adding it to your repertoire is always going to be a good idea. When you know JavaScript, you will be able to create the sort of applications that can be used all over the world, which is not something that most people can do. It’s the sort of thing that people tend to dream about when they get started with computer programming in the first place. If I could sum up the language of the entire Web, I would probably have to just reference the JavaScript language. It’s hard to go wrong with learning how to speak ‘Internet’ and that’s what can happen to you if you try your hand at JavaScript.

I do recommend that if you’re going to learn JavaScript, really go all the way with it. It’s really not the sort of thing that you can dabble with, and it’s not really the sort of thing that you should dabble with. I honestly think that a lot of buggy websites and buggy web applications can be attributed to programmers who didn’t entirely learn how to do JavaScript in the first place. I’m of the school of thought that we have more than enough programmers like that, and we don’t need more of them.

If you know both Python and JavaScript, you’ll be able to do so much online and elsewhere that it isn’t even funny. Learning how to do both of them is definitely the sort of worthwhile goal that is worth struggling with and setting aside your free time for, even if you don’t have a lot of free time.