Looking for a programming language

Posted on:September 21 2009

About 10 years ago I promised myself to learn one new programming language every year. Until now, I did this, and even more: Sometimes it was 2 or even 3 new languages per year. It was quite interesting and I can recommend other programmers to do this as well. It's like learning another foreign language (which I try do as well from time to time): The more lanaguages you are able to speak or to know how program in, the easier it feels to use the other languages you already know.
But this year, I haven't learned any new programming language yet, so I'm looking for good suggestions. Maybe I should try Ruby? Or Lisp?





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I suggest Haskell or Lisp (clojure or arc) or Erlang.
Matthias
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2009-09-21 18:30:00


Objective-C might be worth it what with all the iPhone love going around right now. IMHO it's a bit sucky compared to C++ though - depends on whether you want something for practical use or something academically interesting.
Steve
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2009-09-21 18:46:00


Haskell, Python, Processing
daganu
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2009-09-21 19:47:00


I second Objective-C. It's very beautiful (not that Lisp isn't, in a very different way). If you don't have access to a Mac, you can try GNUstep.
Andy Van Ness
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2009-09-21 20:12:00


Another vote for Haskell.
Soulsbane
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2009-09-21 20:33:00


D

http://www.digitalmars.com/d/
anonymous coward
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2009-09-21 20:52:00


Everyone interested in programming in general should have a look at ruby!
Like most people outside of japan I only learned it for ruby on rails, but the language itself is really cool as well.
Telepath
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2009-09-21 21:09:00


I suggest Erlang, too. :)
Lorenz Cuno Klop
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2009-09-21 21:51:00


I'll be this time a bit evil. Some years back i´ve recomended D language, but if u know C/C++/Java/.Net u will not see some interesting bits on it...but it's a nice language.
But you should learn a scripting language, every good programer(that reads books like Pragmatic Programmer) should know at least a scripting language, so you can learn the mega-super-lol-hyped ruby language or...(that's the evil part) Groovy, a language that is like ruby+python plus better syntax(java compatible) and you will see the java plataform with diferent eyes...
And if u truly want to open your mind and see what ubber cool programers code, learn Ocaml (remenber F# is a copy of this language) and enter the Functional era.
ASpanishGuy
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2009-09-21 22:19:00


Ruby, Scala, F#
horst
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2009-09-22 00:49:00


Ruby, Objective-C
juantar
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2009-09-22 02:36:00


erlang --- parallel,fp language ^^
momor
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2009-09-22 03:54:00


Scala looks pretty wicked. It combines aspects from functional programming with imperative. Apparently it's really powerful.
Andrew
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2009-09-22 06:25:00


Languages that everybody should know (beside ASM/C/C++/C#/Java):
1. Lisp
2. Erlang(!)
3. Python(!)
dbrmr
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2009-09-22 07:18:00


My vote goes to Objective-C. I am using it in work, looked a little strange to me in the beginning, but once you get used to it it's nice. Otherwise (if you really don't find anything) you could take a look at Brainfuck (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainfuck), which I think is not suitable to *really* program anything in, but it's interesting ... hmm ... maybe you should try ObjC instead.
Brainsaw
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2009-09-22 07:19:00


Try Ruby. :-)
Ruby
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2009-09-22 08:28:00


try INTERCAL or unlambda. then it becomes much more enjoyable switching back to c++... :)
xaos
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2009-09-22 10:32:00


http://www.scala-lang.org/
JoeMill
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2009-09-22 12:22:00


Hi, How about ncl for Digital tv ? http://www.gingancl.org.br/index_en.html
http://www.ncl.org.br/index_en.php
very promising huh ?
Daniel
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2009-09-22 14:10:00


Woha, thanks for all the suggestions. I like D and ObjectiveC best for now, but let's see. :)
niko
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2009-09-22 16:20:00


Hmm, sounds like you sticking to what you already know. More or less.

Of course i dont know what languages you already know. ;) But wouldnt it be more interesting to learn a more exotic language?
Matthias
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2009-09-22 16:47:00


My vote goes for OCaml, although I have no idea what you already know and don't know, would love to see the list of all the programming languages you've learnt in the past ten years :D
BlindSide
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2009-09-22 18:36:00


Lua! The best scripting language ever!
Conde Nostaw
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2009-09-22 21:42:00


I second Lua. For me C++ and Lua has been (and continues to be) a very powerful combination. It is dynamic, fast and cross platform.
Sebastian Ahlman
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2009-09-23 08:48:00


LOLcode, it has to be done.
dan w
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2009-09-23 10:46:00


hi niko, try prolog.... its the most unusual language ive studied. but with such short code, you can achieve alot of things already....
jon
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2009-09-23 11:11:00


One more voice for Python - it's rather useful. I'm a complete beginner in it and still it helped me getting stuff done a few times already.

Understanding Lisp is also worth it. If you regularly wish you could just rewrite parts of the language you are using, then lisp is for you.
CuteAlien
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2009-09-23 13:00:00


Lua, no doubt.
radzh
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2009-09-23 15:19:00


Try PureBasic ;) Lean / Crossplatform and its actually fun to program with - a bit C like basic with functions, imports APi and all - very nice to prototype. hey and theres even Irrlicht for it ;)
Thalius
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2009-09-23 16:47:00


Ruby is truly beautiful.
lobo_tuerto
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2009-09-24 07:09:00


RUBY
moo
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2009-09-24 19:42:00


Try DESIGNING a scripting language like Lua/Squirrell yourself.
Get in trenches yourself! Compiler design is great fun, and interpreter design is still better.
kinjalkishor
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2009-09-26 16:47:00


please, please, go for haXe and make CopperCube-HX version

http://haxe.org/com/projects?lang=en
bim
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2009-09-28 23:19:00


I recommend you learn scheme; maybe not this year but the next. Scheme is a lisp dialect aimed at education so it's a bit easier to learn and just as useful.

I will also recommend a book : the wizard book. It is available online for free from MIT press. This book is the best CS book I've read so far (out of many).

I do the same as you and this year my language is erlang since I've already learned Scheme.
guinness
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2009-09-29 06:43:00


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