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Re: Learning ***** as a second language

by BaldPenguin (Friar)
on Aug 12, 2005 at 14:41 UTC ( #483291=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Learning ***** as a second language

Having lived in both worlds, though currently residing in developer land, I can say that there are many advatanges to learning some if not many of the other languages.

First, I have been coding for close to 10 years now. Relatively young compared to some of my esteemed brethren. In those years, I started with BASIC, then on to Visual Basic, JavaScript, ASP and then Perl. Then I became a moved over to what some would say is the dark side. Going through a rough time in the dot.bomb phase, my company had given me charge of a team of developers. Good guys, but no one knew Perl, 'oh and BTW the next project will be in Java, Have Fun!', I learned Java. And then on to C# and others. To cut the story short, all of them made me a better Perl programmer.Learning how to do, or not to do, the same sames in other languages can give you a better grasp of the patterns and methods you need as a developer,

Now, as a SysAdmin, I have a not-so-new word for you, JavaScript. I know most people think this is just for web sites, but it actually goes further. M$ is using javascript as a scripting language that is replacing batch files, and they are using it in OO style. Give it a thought, using JS in that manner can be more challenging.

Whatever you choose, have fun with it. If you don't have fun, you won't like it.

Everything I've learned in life can be summed up in a small perl script!
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