Choosing a language

Steve Holden sholden at
Thu Feb 3 15:41:42 CET 2000

Michael Zawrotny wrote:
> My advice is that after you get comfortable with Python and start in
> on C or one of its derivatives (C++, Java, etc.), pick up and read
> Kernighan and Ritchie's "The Practice of Programming".  It is IMO
> one of, if not the best, general programming books I've ever read.
> There is multiple language coverage of nearly the entire process
> program development.  Others may disagree, but I think it is a great
> book.
> Mike
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If it's still in print, Kernigan and Plauger's "Elements of Programing
Style" is also a gem.  Full of great advice like "First make it work,
THEN make it work faster" -- a lot of it's head smackingly obvious --
*after* you've read it.


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