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Which programming language is best for beginning Object-oriented programming

Posted on 2016-07-23
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I've been learning about object-oriented programming and wish to start with the simplest language (currently working with Java.)

OS: Windows 10
Question by:rgb192
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Java.No doubt about that.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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Asking that question picking categories Java and PHP you should know what answers you get.
I'm not a Java developer, I do PHP, but I'd still say learning PHP mainly means learning the architecture of web applications much more than learning OOP.

Academic best practice languages for OOP are Smalltalk and Oberon, but if you want to learn practical OOP, you better learn Java. Simply because of the support you can get with questions.

Bye, Olaf.
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by:Martine Andrue
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Go for Java, widely used language.
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Ray Paseur earned 1000 total points
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But that said, object-oriented programming differs mostly in implementation syntax of the languages.  For example, PHP identifies members (methods and properties) of an object with something like this:


And JavaScript uses this:


Once you grasp the concepts of scope and visibility, any object-oriented language will make sense to you!

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by:James Bilous
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A lot of people are saying Java, but I would encourage them to comment more on why they feel that this is the best language for learning object-oriented programming. To this specific point, the general acceptance and popularity of Java as a programming language is not a valid reason to use it as a tool to learn OOP.

In my opinion, Java is cumbersome to set up which is a common inhibitor to newcomers to any language. Compiling and running java applications requires correct system configurations that are unique to each operating system. Java package management is sophisticated; though for good reason, it makes it difficult for newcomers.

For the sole purpose of learning OOP, which is the focus of the question, I would consider python. The fact that it is a scripting language with object oriented patterns, an interactive interpreter and has been time and again shown to be a fantastic language for beginners (exemplified by its increasing popularity in beginning college programming classes and the non-programming scientific community) reinforce my opinion, even as a professional Java developer.
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by:Olaf Doschke
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The difficulty to set up java can be no hurdle, as it's already taken. If someone is currently working with Java, that is no argument. To argue for the general learning student, take a look at http://www.drjava.org/

Bye, Olaf.
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by:Ray Paseur
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Further to what James wrote, you might want to consider Ruby and the popular framework Ruby on Rails.  Part of what makes Ruby so effective for prototyping is the elegant simplicity of its object model, and the very limited number of ways to "do anything."  It favors convention ("always do it this way") over configuration ("here are all of the options you must choose"), and this makes for a much flatter learning curve.

In the PHP world, where configuration variables seem to rule the world and complexity is astonishing at every turn, we have Laravel -- an object-oriented framework that brings much of the Ruby-like convention and simplicity to the web development process.
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Java has a garbage collector for memory management, and its networking API is easy. If you can get those features more easily elsewhere, then you should look at the alternatives.

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by:Laitkor Infosolutions
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JAVA is the best option for you. Laitkor Infosolutions provides Java Software development Services for web applications, desktop applications, and enterprise software with latest Java based tools and technologies.

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I think these are consise answers that adhere to theories of all programming languages

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