The best programming language to learn

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Everyone is learning to write software these days. That means every school, MOOC, and training site needs to embrace a first language for the young Padawans. Some places, like fusty Harvard, still cling to the 70’s era C, but many schools are oscillating between JavaScript, Python, and Java. One is buried in every browser, one is the clean choice of the social sciences, and one is the type-rich preference of more mathematically-minded folks.

Is one the best choice? Is one clearly better than the others? Or are they all equally likely to send a substantial number of students screaming into their pillows at night? Let’s examine the best reasons to learn Java, Python, or JavaScript.

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Ruby language upgrade improves garbage collection, pattern matching

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Ruby 2.7, the latest upgrade of the Ruby programming language, is now in a preview release. Ruby 2.7 brings improvements in garbage collection, pattern matching, and REPL (read-eval-print-loop).

Google App Engine adds Java 11 runtime

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Google has added Java 11 as a second-generation runtime on App Engine, the fully managed platform-as-a-service on Google Cloud. Second-generation runtimes on App Engine allow developers to use any version, framework, library, or binary of the supported language, whereas first-generation runtimes strictly limit these.

Java 11 is currently provided in a beta stage on App Engine, giving users access to the latest long-term support version of standard Java for deploying serverless applications. The second generation App Engine runtime for Java 11 is based on the gVisor container sandbox, which helps provide secure isolation for containers. The runtime also handles security tasks such as application and operating system security patches and updates.

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