What's with all these programming languages? I've been advised to learn a couple, but I don't know what to start with. Which are the easiest, and what exactly do they enable you to do?

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Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered
For general purpose programming learn C and once you understand the syntax upgrade to C++. For webby things I'd choose Ruby (including Rails), but PHP is good too and easy to learn/use.  Also take a look at Javascript. Sadly, to make best use of the Webby languages, you should also learn SQL. I think that is 3-5 to learn, sorry.
Clara Bacon Profile
Clara Bacon answered

You need to start one by one. C would be better choice for first. There are many programming languages, to choose one you need to understand their pits and falls over each other. 

thanked the writer.
Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
Hey Clara, I removed the link in your answer because your answer suggests C would be a good starting language, but you've linked to a personal blog about RoR. Good links add value to an answer, that just seemed confusing...

Maybe you could expand on why C would make a good first language on here instead?

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