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  1. Trying to get back in the programming game

  2. Hello to all! In my teens and early twenties I did a lot of programming in Visual Basic, centered mainly on trying to make video games. I have also had some experience in Game Maker (somewhat similar to VB imo) as well as older languages such as Turing and QBasic (mostly as part of high school programming classes). I felt I was able to write rather complex code back in the day, however life happened and I gave up on programming due to the fact that I didn't quite see a future for myself in game design at that time. Now I'm in my early thirties and am looking to get back in the game, if nothing else than for my own enjoyment. And who knows? Perhaps I can even make a career out of this someday. Right now though I feel like someone who learned Spanish but hasn't used it for years: I remember some words and phrases and could probably pick it back up in no time, however I have lost my fluency in the language. As such, I am wondering where I might begin. For instance, is there a dominant language being used right now, or does it really depend on what I want to do? I would like to program in an accessible language that has a fairly broad scope (ie. can be used across different platforms and to make many general programs) but that doesn't have too steep of a learning curve. I have no experience in C/C++. I'm wondering if it's time for me to start in that language, or if another language would be good to familiarize myself with programming basics once again. Is VB even still being used? Any help at all would be much appreciated. Thank you!