Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2007 16:35 UTC, submitted by ShlomiFish
General Development "What makes programming languages are suitable or unsuitable as introductory languages? Which languages are better learnt first and at which order? And why what the masses think is the most suitable introductory programming language is not in fact that. This paper examines several approaches to which programming language is the best, and afterwards gives several useful relations for which languages should come first. Finally it gives a final verdict, defends it and then gives some other good food for thought."
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by Alex Forster on Wed 11th Apr 2007 18:11 UTC
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This is probably an odd choice for a first language, but I picked up PHP on the first read through of a book I bought back in the PHP3 days. I found later when I started teaching myself C that the similarities in concept and syntax made it absolutely painless (the hardest thing for me to grasp was the difference between #include and include(), which is a testament). I constantly advocate PHP as a first language when people ask about learning to program.

Edited 2007-04-11 18:12 UTC

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