How does the Wolfram Language compare to Scratch?
Unlike Scratch, the Wolfram Language is a real-world programming language, which can be used to create real (and often very sophisticated) programs. Scratch works a bit like putting together blocks; the Wolfram Language is based more on typing in programs.
How does the Wolfram Language compare to Java, C++, or Python?
It's a much higher-level language, which means that in the Wolfram Language, the code to do something is typically a lot simpler and shorter. It's also a knowledge-based language, which means that it has lots of knowledge about algorithms and about the world already built in—so it's easy to create much more sophisticated programs.
Can I make pictures with the Wolfram Language?
Absolutely. It's very good at that. 2D, 3D, animated—you name it.
Can I create a website with the Wolfram Language?
Yes! It's very easy, in fact. Many Explorations show you how to create websites ranging from simple to complex. Or you can make your own website that runs pretty much any Wolfram Language code you want.
Can I write an app with the Wolfram Language?
Yes. And as long as you keep the interface in your app fairly simple, it's extremely easy to take any code you've written and use it to produce an iOS or Android app that you can access from the Wolfram Cloud app.
Can I make music with the Wolfram Language?
Yes, music generation works on both the cloud and desktop interface to Wolfram Programming Lab.
Can I create a game with the Wolfram Language?
Yes. It's best for algorithmic or strategy-based games, like Tetris or Sudoku. You can also use it to make 2D and 3D objects for games. If you want to make a full professional-style virtual worlds game, though, it'll be easiest if you get, for example, the Wolfram Engine for Unity3D.
What's the relation between the Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha?
Wolfram|Alpha is written in the Wolfram Language. The Wolfram Language also uses knowledge and data from Wolfram|Alpha. And both were created by scientist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram.