Updated: 10/14/03; 22:06:29.
Web Archetypes and OS X

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Has anyone asked you what programming language is best to learn when starting out? Below are a few thoughts to consider:

"If it was up to me I would teach Python. It is a pure OO language, the whitespace rules help beginners learn good practices with code layout, it has a clean syntax and the core libraries are neat and easily managed." - Toby Hede

"When you're writing working code nearly as fast as you can type and your misstep rate is near zero, it generally means you've achieved mastery of the language. But that didn't make sense, because it was still day one and I was regularly pausing to look up new language and library features!" - Eric S. Raymond

"Are you a newcomer to programming? Python is an ideal first language. It originated in a 1980s project to design a language for beginners. Its maintainers have always shown a willingness to "do things right." The Python world understands that phrase to mean they make the language logical, simple, and inviting, even at the occasional expense of conflict with industry traditions." - Cameron Laird
9:28:31 PM    The Soapbox

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