At the very start of your programming journey, picking a programming language is one of those choices you will have to make. While it may be easy for some people, others find it really difficult.
It can sometime be very difficult to choose a programming language when you’re just starting out, and this is true especially among potential developers who want to take the self-taught route.
Learning how to code is a commitment of time, effort and sometimes money. No one will want to waste whatever resources they have, just to end up learning something they are not sure is going to be useful.
Here are my reasons:
As a beginner, learning should be your number one priority. Any programming language that is not going to help you learn quickly should not be taken into consideration. This is because, if the language is too difficult, you’re going to struggle with it and there is a higher chance you’re going to quit learning without achieving your goals.
When a programming language is popular, it means a lot of developers are already using it. And if there are a lot of developers already using these languages, it means you’re going to have an easier time looking for developers that can help you out whenever you get stuck in your learning journey.
As a beginner, if you still haven’t figured out where to specialize in as a developer, then going with a general purpose programming language is a great option. I think it is fair to be able to try out different areas of programming in order to at least get a taste of these other areas and also to be able to determine which area you will want to specialize in.
You can’t say you don’t like backend development if you’ve never tried it before, and as such, choosing a general purpose programming language as your first, is going to give you the liberty of trying out other areas of programming.
Note: Aside from the use cases, the other reasons stated above can also be used as a way to determine which framework(s) would be best to learn as a beginner.
A lot of beginners spend a lot of their time trying to decide which programming language is best for them to learn; others spend their time switching back and forth between languages without really learning anything.
One thing you should have in mind as a beginner is that, your number one priority is: learning, and should always be learning.
The process of learning how to code is one that teaches your brain how to think critically and understand technical concepts easily. Once you’re done with the initial phase of learning, things become easier, and you become better at understanding technical concepts faster.