which progrraming language to learn first

Al Gordon runlevel7 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 19:16:11 UTC 2005

On 7/15/05, Mustafa Abbasi <lordverminard at gmail.com> wrote:
> i have recently started using linux and since its my summer vacations i
> wantedto learn a language.

. . .

Even though I am not a Python programmer (but can do quite a bit with
Perl), I'd recommend Python over Perl.  Why?  If you're teaching
yourself how to program, using Perl, you're very likely to end up
teaching yourself bad programing habits that'll be hard to break
later.  Python, as I understand it, forces you to code in a cleaner

I just started teaching myself Ruby earlier this week.  I'm digging
it, but don't think that it's necessarily a good first language. 
Definitely a good second or third, though, after learning Perl or
Python, and maybe some Java or C/C++.


  -- AL --

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