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Does my first language really matter?
Hi, my name is Garrick. I am 17 and a junior in High School. For the past few months I have been interested in learning how to program, but have not been able to find the time. Now that summer is coming up, I am really wanting to get started.
I have spent more time reading than actually doing, and I have heard from several different sources your first language affects how you learn other new languages, and the way you view programming in general. I have read you should not learn Java as a first language.
So my question is, does this really matter? I am planning on making a career of programming if things go well and learning many langauges, so I figured it would be important to make sure I get started on the right foot so to speak. If this does matter, what is a language you would recommend?