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The Top 4 Programming Languages for Beginners

The Top 4 Programming Languages for Beginners

The ability to write computer programs is undeniably one of the best skills you can have in today’s world. With computers and other smart devices only growing in popularity, there is always going to be a need for computer programmers. However, getting into programming isn’t all that easy and that’s not helped by the variety of programs available for learning.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of your best options when it comes to picking which programming language you should learn. You’ll be a programmer in no time at all!

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1. Python

Ask any programmer and they’ll tell you that Python is undeniably the best place to start for beginners looking to get into programming. Whilst the language isn’t used all that often nowadays, it’s both fun and easy to learn. At the same time, whilst you’ll have little opportunity to put your Python skills to good use in the real world, it’s a language that offers a bridge to more complicated languages.

Python is considered easy to learn because it’s pretty relaxed in terms of Syntax, which means it doesn’t demand you to be 100% accurate. Perfect for newcomers. Furthermore, Python is one of the core programming languages of the Raspberry Pi. With that in mind, you can take your Python tinkering further by picking up a Raspberry Pi or even making your own printed circuit board with Altium PCB design software.

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2. JavaScript

If you have no intention of writing computer programs designed to run as desktop applications, it’s possible and much easier to program exclusively for the web. If that’s where you want to make a start, JavaScript is your best option. Despite being pretty primitive, the language is still used by a number of websites today, providing interactivity for web pages through pretty simple language.

If you already have a good understanding of HTML, you should find JavaScript pretty easy to pick up. Plus, there’s no need for specialist environments for compiling JavaScript, as it can be written in notepad like all other web based programming languages.

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3. Java

Not to be confused with the aforementioned JavaScript, Java is undeniably the most practical language you can learn and that’s because of how widely used it is. Many programmers start with Java because skills learned through the programming language can be easily applied to other similar foundation languages, like C++.

Stanford’s incredibly popular Intro to CS programming course actually teaches Java as their programming language as a choice, which tells you something about its popularity. Of course, Java can be applied to a number of different program types, including video games and many device specific applications like Android use Java. With that taken into consideration, Java is definitely a very comprehensive choice.

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4. C

If you’re looking to take your programming skills to the next level, C is the best option. However, it’s not recommended that you jump straight into C without some prior knowledge of another programming language, preferably Java.

That being said, you’ll find that C teaches you to code efficiently and because it’s one of the most widely used programming languages, you’ll be able to apply your skills to a number of projects. In fact, if you’re looking for the most comprehensive language learn, C is going to serve you best in the long run.

There are, of course, many other different options available when it comes to choosing a programming language to learn. However, it’s easy to see why the options discussed here are some of the most popular. Making computer programs doesn’t have to be all that difficult thanks to the accessibility of many languages today.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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