On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 11:28:12AM -0500, Toby Thain wrote:
On 2019-12-23 6:27 p.m., Nemo Nusquam wrote:
A recent thread makes me wonder which languages
would people like to
learn??? (I confess to trying, as Dave does, but time prevents anything
more that learing syntax and writing toy programmes.?? One must write
something substantial -- not synonomous with large -- to really learn a
Erlang, Smalltalk, Prolog, Haskell, and Scheme come to mind...
You have GREAT taste, and that covers the major paradigms.
As a systems guy who likes to get all the perf he can out of the machine,
those are not what I'd reach for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. I still like C, it's
what I reach for first. Go might be second.
For scripting I designed http://little-lang.org
which looks a lot like
interpreted C with a bunch of neat extensions (ever wanted strings in
your switch() statement? How about regexps?). I
The listed languages are what a very small set of programmers passionately
love but they never go anywhere because the rank and file programmers don't
get it. I can think of lots of examples where some smart dude pushed
lisp in a company and it either never went anywhere or it died when the
There is a lot to be said for programming in the most simple way possible,
we had a saying at my company "Write code so it is the most readable.
Because 6 months from now you'll not remember it, it will be like reading
someone else's code".
Code is write once, read many. Optimize for that.