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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 August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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