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Choosing a Programming Language

This course will introduce learners to factors to consider when picking a first language as well as describe some popular options.

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22,228 learners enrolled
This course includes
  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    <1 hour
  • Prerequisites

    None

About this course

Choosing your first language can be difficult and stressful. This course aims to make it easier. By taking this course, you will be more confident in choosing a language to learn. After this course, you will be ready to learn to code in a language of your choice!

Skills you'll gain

  • Comparing and contrasting languages

  • Choosing the language that’s right for you

Syllabus

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Meet the creator of the course
Nik Stern
Nik holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Computer Science. They are also certified as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Online Adult Educator.
Nik holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Computer Science. They are also certified as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Online Adult Educator.

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Choosing a Programming Language course ratings and reviews

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  • The progress I have made since starting to use codecademy is immense! I can study for short periods or long periods at my own convenience - mostly late in the evenings.
    Chris
    Codecademy Learner @ USA
  • I felt like I learned months in a week. I love how Codecademy uses learning by practice and gives great challenges to help the learner to understand a new concept and subject.
    Rodrigo
    Codecademy Learner @ UK
  • Brilliant learning experience. Very interactive. Literally a game changer if you're learning on your own.
    John-Andrew
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