What's the best general-purpose programming language to start with?

Dear Anyone.

I’ve done a bit of programming, Basic, Cobol and Fortran, but I don’t know much about modern programming languages. Which is the best general-purpose language to start with here? I learned BASIC because it was the most widely-used language then, I’m after the modern equivalent? I know there’s specialist ones for web design etc., I’ll get to those, I just want something general-purpose, hopefully with a free compiler (or interpreter, whichever it works with) to get me going.

Yours hopefully


Welcome to the forums.

Well, it depends on what you want to build and what your end goal is.
A lot of people ask this question but there’s not really a ‘one size fits all’ response.
See this search:

Also, check out the S.O. 2021 Developer’s survey to see what’s popular, etc:

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Thanks for your super-quick response!

Will have a look there now.

Yours respectfully