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Dean Bassett

I went from Java to Kotlin to Go.

At first I learned Java, mainly because I was 12 and I played Minecraft. I was really bad at programming at first, but given a few years of self-taught programming I got better.
A couple years ago I learned Kotlin. It was such a huge improvement over Java, and I loved it. My only real issue with Kotlin was that it was extremely high level, and there were 10 different ways to do the same thing, making it hard to work together in teams with it.
Then I discovered Go. Go is a really nice mix between high and low level. Go is lower-level in that it gives you access to things like pointers, fixed-length arrays, etc, but it’s also high-level in that it has GC, structural interfaces, goroutines, and channels. It also is very faithful to being a structural language, and not be object-oriented or functional.