re: What language would you recommend for a beginner? VIEW POST

re: No experience is going to be "ideal" from the start - if you chase that unicorn you'll continually switch from language to language and never gain ...

Yes it won't be ideal in general, but the question of package managers solved in many languages quite well (bundler, cargon, elm)

You didn't ask about package managers specifically, you asked about recommended languages for beginners, and the answer for tons of people (including top universities teaching CS degrees) is Python.

(including top universities teaching CS degrees) is Python.

I know, for example, MIT 6.0001. But this argument based on authority - look smart people doing it, so it supposes to be right.

Your answer is Python. I tried to question it and I feel like we won't get any further in this discussion

It's not an argument based on authority, it's an example of multiple scenarios (universities) where people who aren't experts (students) are literally paying to learn programming languages and the majority of those teach Python to beginners. How is that not a relevant example in this case?

The fact that many people are doing it this way doesn't make it ideal. We have a lot of examples through history of people doing strange things, just because a lot of people were doing it this way before. This is not an argument, this is just a fact that a lot of people doing it right now.

Yeah you're right, we're not going to get anywhere with this conversation - you are arguing philosophical ideals now and have diverged very far away from the original question.

I also think Python is the best among all popular ones currently.

If you asked: "what is the best floor for a kid to learn to walk?"

I would say: "a flat floor, smooth, maybe just a bit soft"

That doesn't mean the kid won't fall along the way, hit the floor many times before being able to stand still first.

Learning is difficult by nature. A beginner will fall. Will experience some frustration. Will have to face his own immaturity.

So, for programming, python is that floor. Sure, pip isn't perfect. But it's like if the other languages weren't even a flat floor, so it's better to compromise with pip that mess with the other stuff right from start.

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