Python + Java knowledge
mauriceling at acm.org
Wed Oct 20 06:45:42 CEST 2004
Frohnhofer, James wrote:
> I have the same problem. My 9 to 5 is using Java 1.1 (actually Visual J++) --
> don't ask . . .
> That wasn't a problem in terms of skills and knowledge (and fun), after I got
> my kids to bed I would fire up IntelliJ and work on any of my pet Java
> projects. But now that I've got the Python bug, I'm afraid my Java is
> slipping. I haven't even tried out 1.5.
> I was thinking of moving to Jython for my pet projects, but Jython appears to
> be 2 minor versions behind straight Python.
> I don't have a solution or advice, only commiseration.
I am amazed about people like Eric Raymond that can pick up and use a
dozen language, how did they do it? It is equally amazing that
programming jobs these days require half a dozen programming languages
known. I came with a background in Pascal and bits of C, and some xBase
languages, then picked up Java and Python. Considering that my 1st
bachelors degree is in biochemistry, I may be proud already...
Programming itself does not tax on the knowledge of a language to its
fullest but debugging does. Sometimes when you email to API developers
for help on that API, they may come back with a "that may be a <your
language> specific problem, it works out well with <my language>."
Someone did say this "citizenship is an abitrary institution whose main
objective is to discriminate"...... From the other end of the world, I
applaud EU for tearing down country barriers.
As mentioned in my post on 'reverse jython', I am envisioning the day
where mixed language programming is a reality.
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