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I say Java (over C++) as it seems that the commercial reality is that Java seems a language that offers a learner multiple futures (JME, JSE, JEE), & a ‘good-ish’ knowledge of it is hence a good sell…

C++ & Java seem a bit like Spanish & Italian (Spanish & Esperanto?).. any new learner will face two close (& yet extremely different) ‘grammars’…

So given that Java can & does use C (for native work), & given that a ‘know how’ round C is a big plus for many ‘low level’ applications, …& given that the Java/C comparison approaches that of Latin/Spanish.. the same kind of learner conflicts that arise vis-a-vis Java/C++ simply don’t apply…

It’s been my feeling for a long while that this is the case… & if I was starting out again, I’d appreciate someone voicing the angle I just have…

Finally, as for learning Basic as a “first ‘go’ language”, I’d say: ew!

I’d actually advocate (as I’ve done elsewhere) BeanShell on AoI (see http://www.artofillusion.org).. which can give a nice experience for those who think that ‘visual’ programming means ‘something other than a f***ing (excuse my French) button…

…however, these views are only my own… & I’ll admit that I’m no expert on gaming… but I do know a little about what it is like when ‘learning new things’… & a little about Programming…

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