> Okay folks, get a life...
a little harsh, but fair
> I learned Pascal as one of my first languages in college,
> although I don't write code in Pascal anymore, it's not
> *that* bad a language. It's also a reasonable first language
> for people to learn (It's better than BASIC, anyway).
I would like to submit at this point that "better than BASIC" should not
be used to indicate a language's strength. Anything that falls into the
category of "worse than BASIC" should not for the duration of this
discussion be considered to be a programming language. Personally I'd
like to see people learning how to shell script rather than plodding
along and sticking awk statements where grep would suffice. Couple that
with use of dialog and wish and you have yourself a nice interface to a
fun language which in ten yers time you'll still be using. From that
base you can readily progress to Perl/Python/Tcl/PHP etc. No matter what
you code in you will still need to be able to script, it's the one
language every user on a *nix system should know.
There, I've said it,
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