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How to choose a Programming Language

#1. Determine your area of interest. 
You can start learning with any programming language, so you'll want to start by asking yourself what it is you want to accomplish by learning a programming language. This will help you choose what type of programming you should pursue, and provide you a good starting point.

#2. Consider starting with a simple programming  language. 
Regardless of your decision, you may want to consider starting with one of the high-level, simple languages. These languages are especially useful for beginners, as they teach basic concepts and thought processes that can apply to virtually any language.

#3. Read through some basic tutorials for a variety of languages. 
If you're still not sure which language you should start learning, read through some tutorials for a few different languages. If one language makes a more sense than the others, try it out for a bit to see if it works for you.

#4. Learn the basics of the language. 
Learning the basics of programming language will vary depending on the language you choose, all programming languages have fundamental concepts that are essential to building useful programs. Learning and mastering these concepts early will make it easier to solve problems and create powerful and efficient code.

#5. Install any required software. 
Many programming languages require compilers, which are programs designed to translate the code into a language that the machine can understand. Other languages which is known as Scripting languages, such as Python, use an interpreter which can execute the programs instantly without compiling. Some languages have IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) which usually contain a code editor, a compiler and/or interpreter, and a debugger. 

#6. Build your first program. 
One of the first programs taught for any language is the "Hello World" program. This is a very simple program that displays the text "Hello, World", on the screen. This program teaches first-time programmers the syntax to create a basic, functioning program, as well as how to handle displaying output. 

#7. Examine the syntax. 
The syntax is the way the language is written so that the compiler or interpreter can understand it. Each language has a unique syntax, though some elements may be shared across multiple languages. Learning the syntax is essential for learning how to program in the language, and is often what people think of when they think about computer programming. In reality, it is simply the foundation upon which more advanced concepts are built.     

#8. Experiment with changes.
 Make changes to your example programs and then test the result. By experimenting, you can learn what works and what doesn't much quicker than by reading a book or guide. Don't be afraid to break your program; learning to fix errors is a major part of any development process, and new things almost never work right the first time

#9. Start debugging.
When you're programming, you're going to come across bugs. These are errors in the program, and can manifest virtually anywhere. Bugs can be harmless quirks in the program, or they can be major errors that keep the program from compiling or running. Finding and fixing thses errors is a major thing is the development cycle, so get used to doing this early.

#10. Comment all of your code. 
Nearly all programming languages have a "comment" function that allows you to include text that is not processed by the interpreter or compiler. This allows you to leave short, but clear, human-language explanations of what the code does. This will not only help you remember what your code does in a large program, it is an essential practice in a collaborative environment, as it allows others to understand what your code is doing.

#11. Code daily.
Mastering a programming language takes time. Even a simple language like Python, which may only take a day or two to understand the basic syntax, takes lots of time to become truly proficient at. Like any other skill, practice is the key to becoming more proficient. Try to spend at least some time each day coding.

#12.Set goals for your programs.
By setting challenging goals, you will be able to start solving problems and coming up with solutions. Try to think of a basic application, such as a calculator, and develop a way to make it. Use the syntax and concepts you've been learning and apply them to practical uses.

#13. Talk with others and read other programs.
There are lots of programming forums dedicated to specific languages. Finding and participating in a community can do wonders for your learning. You will gain access to a variety of samples and tools that can aid you in your learning process. Reading other programmers' code can inspire you and help you grasp concepts that you haven't mastered yet.

#14. Take a few training courses.
 Many universities and colleges offer programming classes and workshops that you can attend without having to enroll in the school. These can be great for new programmers, as you can get hands-on help from an experienced programmer, as well as network with other local programmers. And online courses enrollment can also help

#15. Never stop programming.
The general principle remains true: mastery takes time and dedication. Don't expect to know everything overnight, but if you stay focused and continue to learn, you may very well end up an expert in your field.

#16. Learn another programming language.
While you can certainly get by with mastering one language, many programmers help their chances of success in the field by learning multiple languages. Their second or third languages are usually complementary to their first one, allowing them to develop more complex and interesting programs. Once you have a good grasp on your first program, it may be time to start learning a new one.You will likely find that learning your second language goes much quicker than the first. Many core concepts of programming carry over across languages, especially if the languages are closely related.

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