Itching to learn a new language. Which one would be a good investment?

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Itching to learn a new language. Which one would be a good investment?

Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:46 PM

PHP sucks (I use for my day job 8 hours a day), Rails is slow, C# is boring, Java LOL;

I'm itching for a new language. I'm thinking of either going to Clojure or Go. Which language do you think learning now will pay dividends in the future? I was starting to read up on Clojure but work got in the way and it just fell off my plate.

When SignalR came out I was one of the first people to 'back' it so to speak and put it into a production system. That paid of handsomely and I'd like to repeat that success.

What language do you guys think would pay off to learn?

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:48 PM

Scala or Clojure.
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:00 PM

Algo, COBOL, or Assembly.
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:23 PM

Those languages are mainly used in legacy systems and markets I'm not really interested in.
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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:27 PM

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Paying dividends ?


COBOL
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:48 AM

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German
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:04 AM

Russian!
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:21 AM

The CIS department at my alma mater added COBOL classes because so many of the graduates end up working with it (there's a bank software company here that is constantly growing).
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:35 AM

Definitely Scala.
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Re: Itching to learn a new language. Which one would be a good investment?

Posted 10 May 2013 - 07:10 AM

View PostSergio Tapia, on 09 May 2013 - 08:46 PM, said:

What language do you guys think would pay off to learn?


View Postmodi123_1, on 09 May 2013 - 09:00 PM, said:

Algo, COBOL, or Assembly.


View PostSergio Tapia, on 09 May 2013 - 09:23 PM, said:

Those languages are mainly used in legacy systems and markets I'm not really interested in.


Legacy systems are used primarily by the only industries that will never go away: government, banks, public utilities and the military. The other thing those have in common is that they tend to pay well.

If you're looking for a language that it will "pay off to learn"...there can't hardly be better suggestions than those rather than trying to correctly predict a future trend.

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Re: Itching to learn a new language. Which one would be a good investment?

Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:22 AM

This is like asking "I want to have sex with someone. Who should I have sex with?"


What is it you're looking for in a language? What itch do you need scratched? What sort of dividends are you looking for? Financial? Intellectual? Ego-strokes? What fields do you want to work in? What sort of applications do you want to develop?
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:45 AM

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trying to correctly predict a future trend.


That's exactly what I'm asking for. Some people have a good eye for these sort of things.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:28 AM

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I think you just want to be a coding hipster.

Three years from now, it'll be "Yawn. Clojure is so five years ago. Scala doesn't excite me anymore. And Mindfuck is just... boring."

You need glasses. Thick, black rimmed glasses. And a moleskin notebook. And maybe a beret.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:37 AM

F#. Just started using it a few weeks ago. Still having fun. Finished a couple small work related projects in it.

For other functional stuff, I'd prefer Scala to Clojure ( ok, Lispy syntax hurts my head). I can recommend the Scala course on coursera. It's actually what got me looking at F#.

Still waiting for Go to grow up, honestly. If it ever does.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 10:41 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 10 May 2013 - 01:28 PM, said:

And maybe a beret.

The kind you find in a second hand store?
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