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Re: Programming Languages, "to C or not to C, that is the Q."

On Jan 22 2005, Scotty Fitzgerald wrote:
> So, I see like a billion languages available.  I have a few
> questions, but would any general opinions on "language to 
> learn" you may have.  Please don't feel I am not interested
> if you have thoughts don't directly relate to what I write below.

Here is a reply that I think that you were not expecting to get: given that
some languages provide at least some common functionality, they are all
equally expressive, in terms of what one can compute in one language or

This is a pretty theoretical point of view, indeed, but the true fact is
that, once you already program (or learnt to program) something in Pascal,
that is, once you're proficient enough with a given language, then learning
another one is just a matter of little time to spend seeing what the
library of the new language provides and what its syntactic differences are
(related to the language that you already know well).

In other words, the language should be your least worrying point and
algorithms should be the core of the time you spend programming.

And once you learn C, learning other languages is like a piece of cake,
since many of them have borrowed syntax from C, or, at least, some
inspiration on in.

Oh, and one last point: whatever is the language that you choose, try to
use the good practices of that language, seeing what other good programmers
do. In other words, each language requires its own mindset shift and if you
try to program *with* the language, it will be much easier than trying to
*fight* against the language that you've chosen.

In other words again, a language is just a tool. Use it to your own

Hope this helps, Rogério.

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