Interesting Language Rant

Steve smorrey at
Tue Jan 8 10:15:43 MST 2008

What would be the practical implications of learning a language such as Ada?
I've wanted to learn some of these more obscure languages for well
over a decade, but you'ld be hard pressed to a find a book that
teaches application development in Lisp, Ada, COBOL, Fortran, or
pretty much any language which predates ANSI C.
I would LOVE to learn these languages, but alas the only one I've had
any success with is LISP and thats only because AutoCAD still uses it
and there were a ton of example applications to learn from, even then
though they were limited to the AutoCAD dialect of LISP which I
understand isn't really LISP either.  Even with that said, I am still
a complete noob with LISP.


On Jan 8, 2008 10:09 AM, Levi Pearson <levi at> wrote:
> You'll notice if you read carefully that he says pretty much the same
> thing you do; students should learn about high-level languages, but
> not at the expense of low-level knowledge and formal methods.
> Although he's clearly a fan of Ada, I don't think he came off as a
> bigot.  Frankly, I'd like to see more of Ada in the schools and
> marketplace.  It's got an interesting and powerful type system,
> provides all sorts of interesting low-level stuff for embedded and
> real-time systems, and has some built-in concurrency primitives.
>         --Levi
> On Jan 8, 2008 9:58 AM,  <blr at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I thought it was interesting for a couple of reasons.  First, I remember
> > hearing back in the '80s that object-oriented and component programming
> > were going to make programming more like designing circuits with IC's.  I
> > think I remember a CACM with legos on the cover.  I guess we're finally
> > there, maybe.
> >
> > Second, all the pitfalls listed for java are all the things about java
> > that scripting language bigots claim Java doesn't do (admittedly some
> > scripting languages do better in some cases).  So they all apply, maybe
> > even more so, to Python, Perl, Ruby, C#, etc.
> >
> > Even though he is an Ada bigot, I have to agree somewhat.  Java, Python,
> > Perl, Ruby, etc. probably shouldn't be the core of a curriculum because
> > they're too high-level.   But if you learn C and assembly, I don't see any
> > reason not to use them.
> >
> > Whatta y'all think?
> >
> > Barry Roberts
> >
> >
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