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Why JavaScript is a Good First Language to Learn

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Stuff with 0 Comments

For those of us who enjoy it, coding is an almost meditative activity. It is remarkably easy to get lost in the cold logic puzzle-solving of coding. But first, you need to learn to code. You only need to understand the basic elements of a language to be able to make useful programs with it, but which language should you start with?

Different people will give you different answers to this question, and it won’t surprise you to learn that no one is ‘right’. Different people will respond differently to different languages. However, the case for learning JavaScript as a first language is a strong one. Let’s take a look at some of the key reasons.

It’s Free!

The best things in life are free and your first coding language should definitely be free. There’s no sense diving into paid-for development suites or licenses before you’ve learned even the most basic aspects of coding. JavaScript is completely free to install and start using. In fact, JavaScript comes pre-installed in just about every computer and smartphone, so all you need is a code editor.

You can also learn how to write JavaScript code for free online. There is an endless array of websites that provide free JavaScript tutorials and lessons, so these should be your first port of call when you are learning the language for the first time.

It’s Everywhere

JavaScript is one of the most versatile coding languages out there; it’s used in all kinds of consumer electronics, in addition to every home computer and laptop you come across. Few languages can boast quite as widespread an adoption as JavaScript. This widespread usage makes it an ideal language to learn if you are hoping to land a job working as a coder. There are no shortage of positions available for JavaScript developers.

It’s Easy to Pick Up

Some languages are much harder to pick up than others, especially if you have no prior coding knowledge. The basics of JavaScript are pretty easy to understand, and once you have these in place, you will also be able to understand the basics of a number of other languages as well. The JavaScript syntax is highly readable, so those with a natural ability for coding will find it easy to get started with.

It’s an Excellent Foundational Language

For those who plan to go on and begin to learn other languages, JavaScript is a great place to start; it provides a very solid foundation upon which you can continue to build and expand your coding knowledge. Learning the basics will enable you to pick up and try a number of other languages. If you develop your skills to a more advanced stage, you should have no trouble continuing your next language into its highest levels. In fact, you will find it easier to do so.

JavaScript is a fantastic first language to learn for anyone who wants to learn to code but doesn’t know where to begin. JavaScript is versatile, easy to pick up and, best of all, completely free to learn.

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