What language one first learns is often determined by what is used in
the "Introduction to Programming" courses and of course when you took
the course. I know a few colleges used VB for their introductory
course in the States.
If I was looking for a university for studying computer science, this
would already disqualify them. >;->
I know of Canadian university that use Python. What type of
programming you do determines the language you tend use and find in
your work place.
Python is for free and runs essentially on anything that deserves the
designation "operating system". Heck, it even runs on that
"market-leading" non-operating system from that corporation based in
Seattle. So you can "find" it anywhere you work.
Whether one learned VB depends on ones situation and needs. I have
done some VBA programming because where I worked need some automation
of spreadsheet calculations for Excel spreadsheets.
On Windows, Python can be used to script anything that has a COM
interface. I've already used it for scripting Excel, among others.
My intro to programming was originally in Fortran IV (aka Fortrash)
and later Pascal.
I started with Pascal, then went on to Fortran. I deliberately forgot
all the C that I had to learn to pass an exam. Python is the only
programming/scripting language that I learned of my own choice. Simply
because it's the only language that I know of that does what I need:
Cross-platform, ad-hoc scripting as well as full-scale programming,
interfacing with anything that has any kind of interface, syntax made
for humans, loads of libraries for essentially any application...
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