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

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

Posted 11 May 2013 - 03:56 PM

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The Hitchhiker's Guide

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"I spare not a single unit of thought on these cybernetic simpletons!" he boomed. "I speak of none but the computer that is to come after me!"

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 12:42 AM

That quote re: Babbage is sobering!
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

Scala is probably the best investment, but it may not be that exciting if you're sick of Java. If you're like me, you want something super-low-level, super-radical, or super-high-level. I'm in a similar position, and I've decided to focus on C and Javascript. I think it would be awesome and extremely useful to really know C, and Javascript is a real trip. It's possibly the one language that makes me want to code in it, specifically. It's sexy. It's functional. It's procedural. It's object-oriented. It's whatever you want it to be. And along with HTML5, you can do some really cool stuff with relative ease. It's also cool to know a language with such a ubiquitous interpreter. If a PC has a browser, you can fiddle around with JS. I've spent a lot of my time as a high school senior (a slacker, in other words) in the web console or on jsfiddle.net, coding lots of cool little things: game prototypes, simulations, etc. And it actually comes in handy to know Javascript. You can press F12 on your browser and solve problems like you're a genius. Who needs to know the formula for compounding interest when you can just do some money += rate * money; in the browser? It's an awesome way to take advantage of a computer for quick and dirty problem solving through simulation. And it's cool that the same language that is responsible for those annoying alert(); messages can power games like RuneScape. Python is a sweet language, too, sharing many of the positive attributes of Javascript. Again, it's cool that it's perfectly functional as both my terminal's calculator and (higher-level) components of operating systems like Ubuntu. So here's my proposal: choose C over Go, and Javascript or Python over Scala or Closure. But that's just me.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:17 PM

Don't get so worked up over the choice. Pick something and go. There's no language that's been mentioned in this thread that won't pay off the time you put into learning it in the long run.
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:22 PM

Here's another thought: create a new language that other language hipsters can then want to learn!
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:27 PM

@jack - I thought scala *WAS* java for hipsters?
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Posted 12 May 2013 - 11:20 PM

what ever you pick, pick something that is as radically different from things you have tried before as possible. I don't think the value of learning a new language is weather or not you will use it (you can learn it for that purpose if it is the case). The value is thinking differently and applying the new way of thinking with what you already know and/or do.
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:12 AM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 11 May 2013 - 10:22 AM, said:

I'm not much of a hipster in any sense, but my experience with PHP says the only reason it's so popular is because it had a head start....
That's speculation, of course, but it's what I'm seeing in my crystal ball.


That's definitely part of it. But the truth is that it wasn't the only game in town. Just the easiest. You could do cgi with perl, for instance. But that wasn't exactly straightforward or easy, which PHP was supposed to solve. So it's relatively easy for a non-programmer to pick up PHP and do a few things with it. Plus, with the LAMP stack, you could do completely free web development. I think it's a combination of all those factors that got PHP where it is today.
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Has anyone suggested Klingon-- thought for sure thin 'tog would say
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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:33 PM

lisp or Japanese those have been on my mind for a while
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:10 PM

For a new and possibly interesting way to think about coding, as opposed to imperative languages (which most are), try a (pure) functional language like Haskell. I'm not sure how much it would pay off financially, but it will certainly challenge you to think a different way if you're used to the "regular" way. Fyi, I don't like functional programming in general, but I do think that learning about it is worthwhile to some degree.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:08 PM

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:36 PM

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:11 PM

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