How to learn the basics of any programming language quickly

As a commercial developer, you end up programming in a variety of languages.

I’ve used C, C++, Java, PHP, JavaScript, PLM/51, a ton of 8/16 bit assembler languages, Pascal, FORTRAN, BASIC.

A common beginner question is ‘How do I learn so many languages?

And the answer is, of course: you don’t. You get good at picking up the basics as you go along.

Here is how I do it: I learn the three basics of any language.

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