Which Programming Language(s) should I learn?

March 3, 2011 – 5:14 pm

I’m a digital media graduate with a focus in web design, but I didn’t learn much in the realm of programming beyond HTML, CSS & Actionscripting in Flash. Most employers are looking for designers who also have knowledge of programming, but I don’t know where to begin. I’ve learned a little bit of Ruby so I could stick with that but I don’t know…are there other languages that would be better for me to learn or to learn along with Ruby? PHP, Perl, Python, Javascript (+JQuery)? Which languages would be the easiest to learn? Which would be the most beneficial?

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  1. 8 Responses to “Which Programming Language(s) should I learn?”

  2. Start with C++ or Java.
    If you want to me to be specific, start with C++, you’ll love it for the rest of your life.

    By tbshmkr on Mar 3, 2011

  3. I’d go with Python. I worked a bit with PHP and it gets messy after a while, but if you are looking to develop websites, have a look into Django, which is a brilliant Python web framework that gives you fast development capabilities and a great deal of flexibility.

    By Namibnat on Mar 3, 2011

  4. You really have to figure out what the companies you would like to work for use for web design. I would say PHP and Python would probably be more versatile than some of your other options. PHP is really easy to learn and you can pretty much do anything in PHP.


    By Karls Technology on Mar 3, 2011

  5. I think some sort of scripting language like python would be more benficial.

    Also Java is good as a seconday language due to the fact you can embed java programs with web designs into browsers.

    By Duke Of Nothing on Mar 3, 2011

  6. If this is for a career decision, then I’d go with PHP or Java.

    By Ryan Galloway on Mar 3, 2011

  7. If you are looking for good jobs prospects based on your graphic design skills then definitely stick with Ruby on Rails ("Rails" for short – Ruby is the language while Rails is the web framework that Ruby runs on).

    The job market is weak for PHP, Python and C++. Java is a bit stronger, but Rails is THE hot technology.

    Today’s web applications are expected to be highly graphical (your expertise!) with heavy use of Ajax. Ajax is built into Rails! Knowing ‘Prototype’ is also helpful when learning Rails, but you don’t need a deep understanding of it.

    JQuery (an alternative to Prototype) would be a great-to-have and is the clear javascript leader. But Prototype is often used in conjunction with Rails.

    To summarize – Rails is fairly easy to learn, you already know it somewhat and is a hot in the marketplace.

    By Buster on Mar 3, 2011

  8. If you are looking to be programmer based of what employers are looking for, i recommend you look on job boards and see what seems to be the most sought after. IMO, if you are looking to get into web development, go with PHP. If you are looking into enterprise applications, look into Java.

    By James on Mar 3, 2011

  9. of course PHP and this is how i learned it http://bit.ly/cBR6kl

    By wis d on Mar 3, 2011

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