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Course

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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  • Skill level

    Beginner
  • Time to complete

    Approx. 1 hours
  • Certificate of completion

    Included with paid plans
  • 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

The platform

Hands-on learning

Don’t just watch or read about someone else coding — write your own code live in our online, interactive platform. You’ll even get AI-driven recommendations on what you need to review to help keep you on track.
Animated demonstration of running code in Codecademy's learning environment
Meet the creator of the course
Nik Stern
Senior Curriculum Developer at Codecademy
Nik Stern is a Senior Curriculum Developer at Codecademy. 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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Practice projects

Guided projects that help you solidify the skills and concepts you're learning.

Assessments

Auto-graded quizzes and immediate feedback help you reinforce your skills as you learn.

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