I looked into Zig today but even the HelloWorld changes in each version because they can't decide on the naming. Sorry, I have to wait for the 1.0 then.
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I'd like to get into systems programming, but all the options seem so daunting to a JavaScript user such as myself. :(
Zig might be the right thing for you. Or Go for a start. Rust and C++ are alot more complex.
Seconding Go, I've only used it casually for hobby projects but a friend of mine made a verified discord bot using it although recently it's been getting a rust rewrite. They've been trying to get me to learn rust with them but my smoothbrain just can't handle lifetimes and whatnot.
Zig tries to be an alternative to C which is daunting, to say the least. I want to experiment with Zig to sharpen low level skills.
I find the idea intriguing but I cannot handle that I found three different ways of writing the simplest of app, depending on the part of the documentation.