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Informal poll: What are the most popular 1st languages?

 
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Fortran in 1969. Don't remember which flavor, probably Fortran IV

ALC (IBM Mainframe assembler) Algol, Snobol, and a few others followed in rapid succession.

Various attempts to make Fortran be structured, Ratfor, Flecs, etc were popular in the mid 70s.

My favorite in the first decades was DEC-20 assembler/Macro, followed closely by Bliss.

I've long lost track, I expect Java was about number 30.

At least the OP didn't bother with that old chestnut of "which is the best language" to which the only answer is French.
 
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Logo (Aaahhh...good ol' days)
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Cobol
Java (Thanks to Headfirst )
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:... to which the only answer is French.

 
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My first language was Visual BASIC, which I learned in high school. From there, I went to college and did work in VB.NET, ColdFusion, VBA and PHP. Now I'm learning Java and PL/SQL.
 
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My first languages were Applesoft BASIC and Logo. My first professional language was Perl.

John.

 
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My first encounter with 'telling a computer what to do' was hand-coded HTML. But since that's not generally considered PROGRAMMING per se, I'd have to say my first programming I took was on JavaScript. Since I knew HTML, JavaScript was helpful, but mostly as it pertains to web development.

But my first real programming experience encounter with computer science came through Python. I had grasped functions (and some basic object concepts, as in properties and methods) via JavaScript, but Python really got me into the game.
 
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The first 'program' I made was in BASIC with a pencil binary marking boxes on a card which could be run in the SARA computer in Amsterdam. But that's way back (when a computer was as big as a living room). Later on I learned (in order of appearance): MSX Basic, Z80 assembly, Turbo Pascal, C, C++, PHP and now I'm looking into Java.
 
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BASIC (Commodore Pet, then later C64), 6502 Assembly, Fortran 77, Turbo Pascal, 8088/8087 Assembly (and its variants up to the 386), C, Prolog.... blah, blah, blah.... at this point, it gets blurry.

Henry
 
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