Coding is a tool: pick the language that suits your needs
Similar to spoken languages, the answer to the question of "which coding language should I learn" depends on your context, and what you want to do with the language. If you wanted to move to France, you should probably learn French. Coding languages can vary a lot in what they can do and how they work… and that means some are better suited to certain tasks than others. The following is a breakdown of how different languages are used in order to build websites; even if building sites isn't your goal, knowing how that process works will help you figure out your coding path.
To edit webpages
If you're interested in creating a static website or a single webpage, you should start with HTML and CSS. (We'll show you how to use both in our Build a Website with HTML, CSS, and GitHub Pages skill path.)
HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and describes the structure of webpages. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and controls their appearance — for example, the font color or the position of text on the page.
To make them interactive
To store user information
Putting it together
The bottom line
There are many people you can ask for further advice, like members on our community forum… but answering the question of what languages you should learn is something that is ultimately down to you. We hope that you find Codecademy to be a fun place to experiment with different coding languages and see which ones you like best!
Which language will you start with?
This is an updated version of the original post by Eric Weinstein, creator of many Codecademy courses and a current Senior Software Development Lead at Hulu.