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Re: Book questions

On Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:30:03 PM UTC+5:30, Petter Adsen wrote:
> On Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:35:25 -0700
> David Christensen wrote:
> > On 04/12/2015 01:33 AM, Petter Adsen wrote:> OK, thank you, I will 
> > definitely consider Perl also, as I already know
> >  > a little and have a few books on it.
> > 
> > I'd advise learning one language well, where "well" includes security 
> > best practices.  Understand that learning any modern language takes a 
> > lot of time and effort.  So pick one that is good at solving the
> > kinds of problems that you are motivated to work on, because the
> > going will get tough and you'll have to find the tenacity to struggle
> > through.
> I can see the logic in that. The issue with that is that I need them
> for two separate things - I want to learn C to get a deeper
> understanding of how Linux works, and I was initially thinking about
> Python for sysadmin tasks that I can't or don't know how to do in shell
> scripts.

One way to fry a brain is to learn C.
Another way to fry the brain is to struggle with regular expressions.
Unless you like a double-fried brain I suggest doing strictly one at a time.

20+ years ago I wrote a rant on why teaching (and ∴ learning) C causes grief:

In one way it shows a lot of traps and pitfalls of beginners.
It also recommends better paradigms than C for learning programming.

If python had existed then I would have recommended it.

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