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This is typically the kind of statement that you’ll see all over in places like Quora. Many, many people are wary of this, and waste more time trying to figure out what to study, than actually studying. And it’s understandable, there’s way too much choice out there.
But as @tera5288723178 said, don’t worry about this. Seriously.
None of the languages taught here are dying. What’s happening, though, is a shift in popularity for some.
Take Python, for example. It’s exploding in popularity right now, and will only keep growing for the foreseeable future. It’s at the top of the “language chain” for now, and will remain there for a while (so a lot of job opportunities, especially considering the wide range of application domains it covers).
But much like Fortran before it, then Pascal, then C, then Java… I suspect it’ll naturally “fall from grace” eventually – being replaced by the latest flavor of the time. This is normal. Does it mean one should avoid learning Python? Absolutely not. Because it will be useful for years to come. And if you’re one day required to learn something new, after years of experience programming in Python, it shouldn’t be too difficult to make the transition to something else. Don’t just fall in love with one language, they’re merely just tools one can used to get the job done. If your tool breaks, you replace it.
Ruby was, a few years ago, quite popular, especially among startups. It seemed as if everyone and their mothers was using Ruby on Rails. Not so much anymore. The fad has passed. And yet, Ruby programmers remain handsomely paid. And it’s still a great language, albeit its obvious limitations.
SQL, absolutely crucial. You’ll likely deal with databases at one point, so just study it.
Command Line, Git, are important things to know. Learn how they work.
But then again, it depends on what you want to do. If you want to work within the confines of the Apple ecosystem, learn Swift and don’t bother with much else.
If you want to do web development, you have so much choice. You can literally pick anything you want.
Mobile development? Swift, Java, Kotlin, or C#.
Game development? C++ or C#.
Desktop? Probably C++.
Data Science? Python, R, Julia, SQL, Scala.
OS dev? C, or C++.
Web Browser? Probably C++.
Also, learning several tools could make you a better programmer.
For other things, it depends.