Learning a coding language in my opinion, is very similar to learning a spoken language. You need to learn how to read and write it very well (perhaps not fluently, but well) in order for yourself as well as others, to understand what you’re communicating. The way a server or browser might not be able to fully interpret poorly written, broken code, it’s often difficult to understand someone who perhaps speaks broken English (and they’re likely frustrated that they’re unsure their message has gotten across as well).
Through tutorials, I can accomplish quite a bit with JS and PHP, but since I can’t actually read it, I’m often concerned about quality. For example, I might accomplish something, but I don’t know how eloquently I’ve done so. For example, say you’re in an unfamiliar country for the first time and you manage to translate a basic message “Bathroom”. Sure, they’ll get the gist of it and point you in the right direction. But, I’d much rather say “Excuse me sir, do you happen to know where the nearest restroom is? Thank you.” See the difference? That’s why I’ll often ask questions on expert forums or hire a professional programmer to validate/improve my work. It’s still my work, my original idea and creation, but it just got a new paint job with quality assurance.
Over the years, I’ve worked with, consulted, communicated, supported, hired, been hired by and a million other scenarios, thousands of people all over the world on all different kinds of projects. One of the many things I learned in that time is that no two people see the same language (coding or otherwise) the exact same way. Not just in perspective, comprehension or quality, but in interpretation of complexity. While I consider HTML and CSS to be very simple (anyone can learn it in my opinion) and consider JS and PHP to be quite complex, it turns out that many programmers feel the same, but in reverse. Many programmers can read, write and understand all sorts of programming languages, but actually find CSS to be complex and confusing!
I was astonished to learn this. I’d always assumed that anyone that could program in complex languages would find HTML/CSS to be child’s play, incredibly simple. And that’s really not the way it is at all. Granted, there are some people that can simply read, write and understand any language they set their mind to with little learning curve at all, but that’s not as common as I once thought. So it really comes down to every individual’s brain and how they learn and what they can comprehend, intelligence and complexity in this case, really have no relevance because there is no standard. Everyone is basically seeing it differently.
I would’ve liked to of taken a poll, but there are simply too many different coding languages out there. Instead, I’d like to ask you what you consider to be the easiest code language and which you find to be the most difficult. It doesn’t matter whether it’s server-side programming or client-side scripting or whatever. I’m simply talking about code of any kind.
Thanks for reading, Bryan