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Hi can some tell me what the most common programming code would be for first year students?, e.g. Java, C++, PHP or others, i want to start practicing it after my A2 exams.
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I don't actually know, but out of those C++ is the most common. PHP is for web applications - I would say C++ is most likely or Java, doubt PHP would be your first it doesn't even need compiling.
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Java is the most likely option.
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Java of course
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At Bristol they start you off with C, but you also do Java and Haskell in the first year. Luckily in the case of Haskell, you never have to do it again.
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Sussex, Kent and Reading teach Java. They're the only ones I can remember mentioning it on their open days last year.

Just look up the Unis webpage and the course you want to do, it'll surely tell you what you do on the course!
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I'm going to say Java - from what I've heard on here, lots of Unis teach it in their first year (but not only that, e.g., York is Scheme too, IC do Haskell, etc)
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(Original post by Psyk)
At Bristol they start you off with C, but you also do Java and Haskell in the first year. Luckily in the case of Haskell, you never have to do it again.
wow - so it really isnt me who thinks this is such a strange way of doing things, we use haskell, only becuase our course leader is simon thomposn and he is meant to be quite ' famous ' for want of a better phrase, in the haskell/functional world

i hate it, so much
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wow - so it really isnt me who thinks this is such a strange way of doing things, we use haskell, only becuase our course leader is simon thomposn and he is meant to be quite ' famous ' for want of a better phrase, in the haskell/functional world

i hate it, so much
I can appreciate why they teach it to first years. It's a very different paradigm to procedural and OO languages, which does have it's uses. Teaching it early on means that you won't be clueless if you do ever end up using it for something. It was quite useful when it came to doing Prolog, as it's a little similar.
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(Original post by jermaindefoe)
wow - so it really isnt me who thinks this is such a strange way of doing things, we use haskell, only becuase our course leader is simon thomposn and he is meant to be quite ' famous ' for want of a better phrase, in the haskell/functional world

i hate it, so much
I hated Haskell so hard this year. So hard, I in fact went and failed it. -facepalm-

Anyways, OP; Surrey taught us Java and Haskell. SO I'd say Java is fairly prevalent.
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what were the ramifications of failing the unit, my haskell exam is on the 17th and i am sure i will fail it too :cry:
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Well, I failed it and other modules. Ramifications; repeating the year.
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Hmm, I quite enjoyed Haskell. What were the problems you had with it?
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(Original post by Dan345)
Hi can some tell me what the most common programming code would be for first year students?, e.g. Java, C++, PHP or others, i want to start practicing it after my A2 exams.
check the website of the university you're going to, it'll all be on there
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Hmm, I quite enjoyed Haskell. What were the problems you had with it?
i think its more of the teaching that gave me the problems, i mean, when a friend explained some of the easier tasks it became more enjoyable as i new what i was doing

but our lecturers really weren't very good in this area, not like we have for java anyway and that was half the battle right there, i suppose thats what distinguishes places like york and imperial for kent as they have better all round teaching for units than for specialising in one or two areas

the fact that the top 5% of our students no every language <exaggeration but you get my point> so when the lecturer asked if we understood or asked for an answer and the same 2 or 3 people answered all the time he assumed everyone else new :mad:
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Have never seen a CS course yet that doesn't have Java as the language in 1st year.
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Have never seen a CS course yet that doesn't have Java as the language in 1st year.
I'll be graduating this year without learning Java
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Have never seen a CS course yet that doesn't have Java as the language in 1st year.
Well at Bristol, it's not the language in the first year, it's one of them, but not the first that is taught.
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At Imperial we do Haskell, Java, Prolog, SQL, Pentium IA-32 Assembly, C all in the first year, but the main focus is on Haskell and Java. C is taught in 2 hours of lectures after the main written exams.
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Sussex, Kent and Reading teach Java. They're the only ones I can remember mentioning it on their open days last year.

Just look up the Unis webpage and the course you want to do, it'll surely tell you what you do on the course!
I'm not 100% but I think reading is C++ in the first year and java in the second.
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