I want to learn a new language...

Bryan Sant bryan.sant at gmail.com
Wed Feb 14 16:05:12 MST 2007

On 2/14/07, Hans Fugal <hans at fugal.net> wrote:
> Then you truly do not understand the world. The world is not Java vs. C
> vs. the script kiddies.

Sure it is.  Just read slashdot.

> Perl is completely and utterly different from python and ruby at its
> core (or vice versa as perl was here first). Python and ruby are perhaps
> more alike, but still fundamentally different in their spheres.

Fair enough.

> In one sense, moving from Java to any scripting language will give you
> considerable benefit/insight/whatever, in another sense that is just the
> tip of the iceberg. I suppose you have to take that first step though.

I've used dynamic languages before, I don't think I'm *that*
uninitiated.  Maybe you're right.  I'll find out shortly.

> I think Ruby would be a good fit for you because of JRuby. It's a
> fast-moving project with some amazing potential (including addressing
> the speed issue and interop with existing and future Java code), and
> now with paid full-time developers thanks to Sun.
> Ruby has, imho, the most supportive fun fantastic community (aside from
> the more traditional buzz of the rails community), and the most
> mind-bending paradigm shifting power (that's a good thing) of any of the
> alternatives except perhaps smalltalk. There's my plug.
> 1. http://jruby.codehaus.org/

Thank you.

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