(written on ohloh for Python)
Since we already have two good reviews from experienced programmers, I'll focus on the area I know about: Python as first language.
Advantages of Python:
How it looks:
def hello(user): print("Hello " + user + "!") hello("Fan") # prints Hello Fan! on screen
As a bonus, there is the great open book How to Think Like a Computer Scientist which teaches Python and is being used for teaching Python and Programming at universities.
So I can wholeheartedly recommend Python to beginners in programming, and as the other reviews on Ohloh show, it is also a great language for experienced programmers and seems to be a good language to accompany you in your whole coding life.
PS: Yes, I know about the double meaning of "first language" :)
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