[H-GEN] New programming languages to learn
Jason Henry Parker
jasonp at uq.net.au
Wed May 15 07:47:36 EDT 2002
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David Jericho <david.jericho at bytecomm.com.au> writes:
> I normally teach myself programming languages for the sake of
> learning, and am busy prodding around inside C++ at the moment.
> For something different, I'm looking for a higher level language, for
> Unix, that allows me to do a great range of tasks quickly, and not be
> broken simply because I forgot to bounds check an input.
> String parsing is a must. I HATE standard C string parsing.
Well, of course Perl fits that bill and you probably don't know it as
well as you think you do---there's lots of room for learning in
there. (Go and look at anything Damian Conway writes (the man is
implementing Perl 6 in Perl 5 for god's sake!) and tell me you know
> The purpose of this post isn't to start a flame war, but instead to
> find out what other languages people are using out there, other than
> the mainstream Perl/Python/PHP/C/Java clones.
However since you knock Perl out of contention---and honestly I do
understand that---why not have a look at Lisp? Well, probably not
Lisp, since people tend to program in Scheme these days. There are a
few decent Free implementations, including Guile (from the GNU
project) and MZScheme (from someone else).
Scheme can do system-level stuff, and there's always GNU Robots! Also
learning a functional language will do you good. It's a whole new
ball-game, and does in fact teach very useful ways of thinking about
computers and algorithms which are applicable in other contexts.
> Anyone doing anything interesting that they'd care to share?
I'm not *doing* much with Lisp or Scheme right now but I was having
great fun playing with GNU Robots some months back---did I post to the
HUMBUG lists about it?
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