Python vs Ruby
claird at lairds.us
Thu Oct 20 15:08:02 CEST 2005
In article <435757b1$0$21282$626a54ce at news.free.fr>,
bruno modulix <onurb at xiludom.gro> wrote:
>> Amol Vaidya wrote:
>>> Hi. I am interested in learning a new programming language, and have
>>> been debating whether to learn Ruby or Python.
>> why don't you do what i did? download ruby and spend a day or two
>> reading "programming ruby" from www.ruby-lang.org/en. the download
>> python and spend a day or two reading the python tuturial from
>Or better: DiveIntoPython
You've already been told all the essentials: that they're similar,
that specific Web pages usefully contrast them, that *Dive into Python*
and so on are worth reading, ... I want to emphasize particularly the
wisdom of trying the two for yourself, to see how each fits your own
tastes. This is practical advice; it truly is possible to have a
meaningful experience with Python and/or Ruby over the course of a day.
These languages are FAR more "light-weight" than, for example, C++,
which typically requires weeks or months of practice before one truly
"gets it". While you won't know everything about, say, Ruby, in the
first four hours, you *will* be able to write programs independently,
and you'll have a "feel" for how the language works as a whole.
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