What "coding" language is easiest for a NOVICE to learn?

#1
I remember taking three years of C++ in highschool, but that was about the extent of my coding knowledge.

I want to know what you find to be the easiest for a novice just picking this up as a hobby to learn.

I've been learning some Java, HTML5, and little CSS segments, but none of them seem newbie friendly and I need to constantly google guides.

Any suggestions?
 

Eric

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#2
I have been programming for over 10 years from everything basic, c#, php, vb, asp.... etc...

I still google things occasionally. The only way to not have to relearn content, is to use the language consistently.
 
#3
I've always had an on and off relationship with it. I know what I know cause I was somewhat into it growing up but didn't want to see myself doing it as a living. Took some time away from it to focus on school and ended up having to start relearning some of this stuff, which sucks since lots of it changed over the years and bad habits die hard haha. I'm currently taking time learning HTML, CSS, and dabbling in PHP through Code Academy online, which has tutorials and lessons on it. Like Eric said, it's one of those things you have to keep at it in order to retain information.
 

Eric

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#4
I've always had an on and off relationship with it. I know what I know cause I was somewhat into it growing up but didn't want to see myself doing it as a living. Took some time away from it to focus on school and ended up having to start relearning some of this stuff, which sucks since lots of it changed over the years and bad habits die hard haha. I'm currently taking time learning HTML, CSS, and dabbling in PHP through Code Academy online, which has tutorials and lessons on it. Like Eric said, it's one of those things you have to keep at it in order to retain information.
Not to mention. The languages are ever changing too. Html5.. css3... php5... .net4.5 and beyond. ...

Web design nowadays isn't anything like it used to be. I need to dig in to some Html5 and css3 and learn to make pretty Websites...
 
#5
Yup. I was annoyed that half the tags I learned were obsolete haha. Ah well, it's a good thing that languages constantly evolve to provide better support and become more streamlined I guess. CSS3 does some amazing stuff these days and they're constantly pushing boundaries with web design.
 
#6
HTML5 and CSS3 can do a lot of things that JavaScript used to do and this is great because it means one less file and one less request for the server! And one less language to learn too though they have far from replaced JavaScript
 
#7
I have been programming for over 10 years from everything basic, c#, php, vb, asp.... etc...

I still google things occasionally. The only way to not have to relearn content, is to use the language consistently.
Without Google, I probably would not have a job. There are so many niche problems, not really related to a specific language but algorithms, where Stackoverflow and Google are basically necessary if you don't want to re-invent the wheel all the time.
 

Crypo

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#8
If you want to get to learn the constructs and basics of programming languages then try Visual Basic. It itsn't the most powerful language but isn't that complicated and you can begin creating applications pretty quickly.
 
#9
Start with C++ or Java, Java is a nice one because it cleans itself up. Plus you can make it interesting and start out by creating minecraft mods are something.
 
#14
I suggest going with whichever language best suits your platform. If you just want to learn how to code for fun, then try out Java, C++ or html. Many of the things that you learn in those codes will be pretty much the same everywhere else.
 
#15
I would also recommend Python and HTML5. I think they're a lot easier than most other programming languages that I've tried to learn. I also found PHP to be reasonably easy to learn too. Java is the one I have most trouble with, it cracks me up! HTML5 is a good option because it can also be used to make mobile apps.
 
#17
Basic HTML was probably be the simplest to learn first? I learned HTML by using CodeAcademy, which was nice. ;)
HTML isn't strictly speaking a coding language though... It is more of a word processing language. I understand where you are coming from, in that you need to write lines of 'code', but it is honestly no more of a coding language than Microsoft Word.

In answer to the question, I would greatly recommend Python for beginners! It has an easy learning curve as well as some awesome learning resources such as LearnPythonTheHardWay. I think that once a beginner can get a good grip on Python it makes it magnitudes times easier to move onto more challenging languages such as C++ or Java.

Start with easier Syntax languages, and work your way up :)
 

Eric

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#18
HTML isn't strictly speaking a coding language though... It is more of a word processing language. I understand where you are coming from, in that you need to write lines of 'code', but it is honestly no more of a coding language than Microsoft Word.

In answer to the question, I would greatly recommend Python for beginners! It has an easy learning curve as well as some awesome learning resources such as LearnPythonTheHardWay. I think that once a beginner can get a good grip on Python it makes it magnitudes times easier to move onto more challenging languages such as C++ or Java.

Start with easier Syntax languages, and work your way up :)
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