Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2012 20:04 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "Computer programming is the art, craft and science of writing programs which define how computers operate. This book will teach you how to write computer programs using a programming language designed by Google named Go." Freely available book on Go.
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Python seems to have gained popularity via back door. People didn't like perl so they switched to Python. Then you got mass... followed by adoption (also I believe the source engine uses python for scripting.)

C++ probably got popular because of C (in that it's a super set of C, meaning you can just go ahead and add your stuff to old C code.)

Edited 2012-09-04 22:35 UTC

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