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If Programming Languages Were Fine Wine


If you ever had a chance to little chat with an IT guy/girl you certainly noticed some highlights in their ways. This is highly affected from the language they code with. It is hard to say if the programming language choose the programmer, or programmer choose their coding languages.

Habiting in both industries- wine and technologies, I realized that this identity between coder and the language can be noticed in wine and wine-lover duo. We often say that true wine drinkers choose wine alike their nature.

Today, I am covering this topic of similarities between wine characteristics and programming languages. Take this as your winelover-programmer horoscope.


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Java - Young Tempranillo


Anyway you slice it, you have heard of Java even if you're not particularly knowledge about technologies. It is the dominant language past 20 years already and its “write once, run everywhere”.

However, at first sight, most students or beginners are intimidated, as they might have problems grasping its concepts, but once you get past the tough facade, the genuineness and flexibility make it all worth it. This strong language runs fast, and it supports almost all platforms.

Just like this, sommeliers think about the Spanish wine queen- Tempranillo. This Spanish red wine is straightforward, tart, and lacks complexity, which supports all the palates. We take Young Tempranillo to match with Java as a young language, as 20 years in the IT world is not the same as it is in oak barrels. As its name says, Young Tempranillo hasn't aged very long or softened in oak barrels, so it has a dry, spicy flavor.


Bonus: DON'T google "How to install Java in Wine".

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Python - Sirah/Shiraz


Syrah wine is a readable and welcoming Python by its nature.

Python is one of the most popular languages, and it's always on the upswing because of its straightforward nature, which makes it ideal for teaching beginners how to code. Python is also a great communicator, strong and generous, as Syrah can blend with other grapes and also goes perfectly with many dishes.

This rich red wine is full-bodied, hardy, and earthy, which are characteristics similar to Python quite well.

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C++ - Pinot Grigio


Pinot Grigio has some trouble staying power, so you should enjoy it while it's young instead of stashing it in the cellar thinking it will get better with age. Pinot Grigio is one of the few wines that is not mandatory to have with a meal—it's ideal to share chilled with friends.

This Pinot Grigio represents the bipolarity and multiple personalities, it's white but can take you as a robust red. Be careful with it.

The same goes with C++; it is complicated. C++ is tough to learn for someone with no programming experience since the syntax is complex and the standard library is tiny.

However, despite the bad reputation, you can’t deny how fast, smart and dynamic is this language. When you need to code something that needs processing speed, then C++ is where you may want to begin. Similarly, you can grab a bottle of good Pinot Grigio if you don't know what to drink.

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JavaScript - Sauvignon Blanc


When JavaScript initially came out, no one took it seriously, and it was largely dismissed as a front-end language. We were far too naive to dismiss such a powerful language. Now, JS is one of the most popular and commonly used server-side programming languages.


Crisp and dry, Sauvignon Blanc has a citrusy flavor that's assertive, acidic, and even sharp, the way JavaScript performs sometimes. This white wine's name comes from the French word Sauvage meaning "wild," and we consider spirited JavaScript to be the rebellious, irrepressible members of the programming.

Being French, Sauvignon Blanc can be surprisingly paired with foreign cuisines, like Thai or Vietnamese. Ask about JavaScript superpowers of pairing, to your teamleader.

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SQL - Pinot Noir


The Structured Query Language (SQL) is a data-based query language. It entails the storage, manipulation, and retrieval of data from a relational database. SQL ensures that everything is precise and secure, and it also aids in database integrity.

Does SQL sometimes hold too much in (besides data), the pressure itself, and ultimately result in a kind of self-criticizing behavior? Well, meet Pinot Noir.


I understand nothing about coding, but red wine is my passion. Pinot Noir is my personal favorite, and while I was reading about SQL, I thought that nothing can relate to this language more than this wine.

Pinot Noir needs special conditions (database) to be planted, taken care and grown. It's not a survivor like Cabernet grapes. Like SQL, Pinot Noir saves data, like the smell of soil it grows in, the special barrel scent, and even the sun kisses can be felt in it.

Pinot Noir cannot be suggested to beginners, you should have some experience in the wine world to be able to explore Pinot Noir's dark structure. Sounds familiar, dev guys?


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Pairing Thoughts


Just one last takeaway for you; if you code with one of those languages , try the wine mentioned. If you drink one of those wines, start coding with the right language. Cheers!

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