which one do you prefer? python with C# or java?

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 16:25:02 CEST 2012

On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM, Matej Cepl <mcepl at redhat.com> wrote:
> Just my personal experience, but after passively learning many many
> languages, I came to the conclusion that I (and I suppose many others) am
> able to learn only one platform well. The point is that you are never
> interested in learning *a language*, everybody who has at least some touch
> with programming can learn most languages in one session in the afternoon.
> But nobody is interested in you knowing a language, you need to know the
> platform with all libraries, standards, style, and culture. And *that*
> demands you focus on one language completely.

Currently, I'm working professionally in Pike, C++, bash, PHP, and
Javascript, but only one platform: Unix. Everything's done to our own
internal philosophy, which mostly aligns with the Unix notion of
building small tools that link together (rather than monoliths for
entire tasks). Learning and managing multiple languages isn't itself a
problem, though I do recommend learning just one at a time until you
stop considering yourself a novice (master a half-dozen languages or
so, that's a start).


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