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If you want to learn a new programming language, its possible to get a small taste by visiting one of these websites before you start creating a new development environment.

As the year winds down, I find its a good time to sneak in some research, experiment with new concepts, or even start learning a new language before everything picks back up in the new year.

If you do not have a target language in mind, you can get an introductory sample in your browser before you go off and fetch development kits and associated utilities.

Ruby

The first browser-based tutorial to hit prominence was TryRuby. It's still a great tutorial, and anything that has those talking foxes is OK by me. This tutorial sets the pattern that is the basis for most of the other tutorials that follow in this list.

Clojure

Interested in a Lisp dialect or typing parentheses? If so, then Try Clojure could be your thing.

Python

There's an extensive Python tutorial over at the IronPython website --- unfortunately, it is not as accessible as the others in the list, and it requires the installation of Silverlight.

Haskell

No prizes for guessing that if you want to sample Haskell, then the site is called Try Haskell.

JavaScript

This one seems a little superfluous, since you can actually test JavaScript natively in your browser, but, if you must try it in a textarea, it lives at Try JavaScript.

If I've missed out an online tutorial that started you on a new language, make sure you leave its URL in the comments.

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eruiz

Hello, i am not an system engineer, but i know how to program in traditional visual cpp and asp, so: 1) I agree that there would be more than one option to make web applications, but 5 or more make me fell that there would be something wrong here. 2) Maybe each languaje focused on one or two important issues of the developing process, so it would be helpul to inform about each specific strongholds. For example, focused on the web control development or focused on an easy way to change the colour or style of the bottons, text boxes, or focused on the easy way to manipulate blocks of contents (tittle, schedule, mail bodies, lists, etc) 3) maybe all new languajes had born to solve a particular issue for a particular programmer problem beacuse the traditional IDEs didn??t help him to implement its original idea (seee the samples mentioned before). In such case all IDEs would be evolve and include these issues in a standard way so it would be easy to transport source code from a languaje to another 4) another topic of discussion could be back in time and use the binary footprint of COM and CORBA standars to make possible to develop in many languages and aglomerate the results as "one piece" what do you think? by the way, as i mention, I'm not a sistem engineer, but i have to start developing web pages, so it is very hard and confused to identify wich language to use.

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