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Re: shameful admission

by porkpilot (Deacon)
on Jun 15, 2004 at 21:01 UTC ( #367052=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to shameful admission

I don't know that you should learn to program proficiently in C, but I have often found myself thankful that I can (more or less easily) *read* C. In my experience, this is a useful skill for almost any programmer--especially since a lot of practical algorithm examples are available in C for just about any purpose. I would say, further, that the shortest route to being able to read C is to acquire at least fundamental skill at *writing* C. Heck, you may like it enough to become proficient...or, even more fearsome--tackle C++! :-)

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Re^2: shameful admission
by Hanamaki (Chaplain) on Jun 16, 2004 at 15:48 UTC
    Very important point to make a difference between reading and writing skills. E.g. if you want to do Computer Linguistics you may get away coding in C, Java or whatever, but you will need reading knowledge of Lisp and Prolog. If you do scientificcomputing its Fortran, if you are going to become a Windows Guru probably Visual Basic, even if you will not do any programming in this languages.

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