A better Hello World


The “Hello world” program is usually the first introduction to any programming language. It looks like this in the C programming language:

/* hello.c */
#import <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
  printf("Hello, world!");
  return 0;

It demonstrates the minimum amount you need to write a C program. In more modern languages however, this example isn’t as useful anymore. Here’s the same example in Python:

# hello.py
print "Hello, world!"

A better hello world

In today’s world of more succint programming languages, we need a different “hello world” to demonstrate language features better. Here’s what I propose:

// hello.js
function getGreeting (name) {
  return `Hello, ${name}!`

const message = getGreeting('world')

This simple example demonstrates a few more things than printing strings: