EdgeWise 18.6.2003

2003-06-18

Learning New Programming Languages

The way I typically learn new languages is I set myself some ambitious project (e.g. cure cancer) and use the language "quick reference" to accomplish it. It's the equivalent of banging your head against a wall repeatedly until the wall falls down. Every now and again I buy some "award winning book" in an attempt to short circuit the process, but I always grow impatient with the explanations of universal concepts ("a string is several characters in an array|object|whatever"), flip ahead to where it is incomprehensible, and then discard the book. I don't know how other people who know a few languages manage to learn new ones.

By the way, like the snake picture? It's a doodle by Mucha that I scanned, converted from raster to vector, and then resized and converted to a PNG. Cool, eh?
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