Hiscott (2014) the author of the article stated that:
"The tech sector is booming. If you've used a smartphone or logged on to a computer at least once in the last few years, you've probably noticed this. As a result, coding skills are in high demand, with programming jobs paying significantly more than the average position. Even beyond the tech world, an understanding of at least one programming language makes an impressive addition to any resumé."
From her statement it is obvious that she emphasised the notion that one should learn at least one programming language if one is to pursue a career in programming. The article pertain around a career and to the remuneration expected, and has no reference to education or to which language to start of with when introduced to programming.
The article presents 10 programming languages , which are very relevant and applicable to industry today. This posting does not refute the notion at all, but what is interesting however is the comments made at the end of the article, by various people.
The comments at the end of the article however stresses one important fact, i.e. There will never be complete consensus around which programming language or development tool is best for industry. Surely each has their own merits and applicable dominant application domain.
What instigated this posting however is the fact that the comment that was made (on the moderated mailing list) was done in retrospect with our current secondary school IT setup.
The poster on the mailing list merely wrote: "Where is Delphi? ?? ??? ???? "
To provide an answer or some reply to this, I present the following:
Car and Driver 2014 - 10 Best Cars
Autotrader 2014 - 10 Best New Cars for First-Time Buyers: 2014http://www.autotrader.com/research/article/best-cars/215404/10-best-new-cars-for-first-time-buyers-2014-edition.jsp
Top Gear - 20 Best Cars
From the three postings (from different perspectives) the comments at the end of each provide some significant insight as well. It seems that even with cars, consensus is difficult to find.
And for that I ask: "Where is the Rolls Royce?
?? ??? ???"
And lastly.... two thoughts for the sideline:
1 - "No car seems to be for free" and
2 - "If I learned to drive in a Toyota, would driving a Ford require much extra skill?"
Hiscott R, (2014) 10 Programming Languages You Should Learn in 2014. [Online] Available at: http://mashable.com/2014/01/21/learn-programming-languages/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link [Accessed 2014/06/02]