Lately I've been reading a number of books with included
exercises (ANSI Common
Lisp, Structure and
Interpretation of Computer Programs, and
Programming, in particular). I'm finding it useful to
work through the exercises not only in the expected
language, but in others as well, naturally including Perl.
(In fact, I've been working through them in C, Perl, and
Common Lisp. Scheme's on my to-do list.)
This is a great way (IMO) to:
- Improve your general programming skills.
- Expose yourself to different ways of doing things.
- Find out a language's strengths and weaknesses in very
difficult to ignore ways.
- Generally stretch your brain.
I encourage my fellow monks to consider using multiple
languages the next time they read a suitable book. Most of
the problems are small and well-defined, and won't take a
hell of a lot of time. (Most of them are fairly easy, to
And if you don't know any other languages, this might
not be a bad excuse to learn one....
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The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!