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i think what most people will say (and i agree with them) is to pick the language that is best suited for the application you want to write. if you want to do web based databases i'd say learn php and perl/cgi.
That's the mistake right there. Nothing lasts forever, and no language is perfect. You will need to master/be familiar with a bunch of languages so you can pick the right one for the job and always be able to adjust in the future to whatever language comes up. You can't stick to one...
Perl is good or Ruby is good for Admin type of stuff. I dont like JScript though, for web development I would still stick with perl and or PHP. C++ I choose to enjoy for its OOP, and I think its a damn good language to learn.
I think that learning C first is a very good option, because many languages have elements of C, and therefore, they're easier to learn once you've learned C well. I would say learn C first: this will makei learning C++ a lot easier (and by learning C you're learning a lot of C++, anyway). Then learn Java, which I think will be easier because you have already learned C++.
Also, after learning C, learning Perl and then PHP will be a breeze.
I my opinion, anyway.
Originally posted by sk8guitar probably c++ for most applications.
No, C++ is rarely the best choice for anything. The reason it is used so often is because it has inertia. Tons of coders already know it, so they are cheap (relatively speaking). The tools are plentiful, so they are also cheap. Unfortunately, it's a poor choice from an academic standpoint. A higher-level language or a language with a different paradigm is often just as suitable, but quicker to develop in.
i think what most people will say (and i agree with them) is to pick the language that is best suited for the application you want to write.
if you want to do web based databases i'd say learn php and perl/cgi.
Well, without qualification for what you mean by "wanting to do web based databases", I can't really agree or disagree. But I will say that Perl is probably the wrong choice for just about any sort of development, CGI is old and inflexible and not every nice to the programmer, and that PHP is decent for simply creating dynamic pages, but not very good for creating full-fledged web applications (it has no internal state that is persistent across pages, it has to use external sources)