Python + Java knowledge
greg at cosc.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Oct 21 04:48:10 CEST 2004
Josiah Carlson wrote:
> Most programming languages require in a natural language sense, a
> grammatical knowledge of the programming language in order to understand
> it. Ergo, those that do well with grammar, generally would do well with
> learning new programming languages (API notwithstanding); as programming
> languages are a basic grammar with a handful of vocabulary words and
> punctuation thrown into the mix.
Also, learning a programming language is usually a MUCH
simpler affair than learning a natural language. The
grammars of natural languages tend to be rather haphazard
and require memorizing a large number of arbitrary rules.
Programming languages are usually a lot simpler and
I consider myself well acquainted with quite a number of
programming languages, but despite studying French for
a few years at school, English remains the only natural
language in which I'm anywhere near fluent!
Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,
Christchurch, New Zealand
More information about the Python-list