Michael Tsai posted two links with different authors opinions on the subject. The HN conversation that ensues from the original link, by Seth Godin, is highly interesting for the myriad of points of view. Let me share mine.
I grew learning Turbo C and Turbo Pascal (after some Z80 assembly). Later I developed an enthusiasm for Delphi, a truly complete environment for Enterprise Windows GUI development, which included the excellent VCL and some data-binding.