Learn a new language, was Re: Mozy Context Impressions

Lee Higginson leeard at comcast.net
Mon Nov 6 10:10:46 MST 2006


On 11/6/06, Lee Higginson <leeard at gmail.com> wrote:
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> On 11/6/06, Alex Esplin <alex.esplin at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > On 11/6/06, Dan Stovall <dbstovall at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I thought that some of these questions should probably be added to
> > > that list.  I was wondering what sort of exercises do the pluggers do
> > > when learning a new language, or are just trying to keep their skills
> > > sharp?
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> > I duplicate Linux shell commands or other utilities when I'm learning
> > a language, as it is very easy to check the correctness of my results.
> > Things like grep, wc, sort, etc... are good excercises to learn the
> > basics of most languages I have learned on my own (C, Python).  I also
> > intend in the future to exercise my coding muscles (small though they
> > may be) by creating extensions to or modifying some of the open source
> > app/utilities that I use.
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> That's a great idea!  Being a newb (other than classes and stuff) and very
> much out of practice I'm curious to hear any other suggestions from some of
> you more experienced guys for learning languages.  I'm about to change
> positions where I'll be working a lot with python so I'm pretty stoked and
> eager to learn.
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