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Re: How do you stay motivated?

by ayrnieu (Beadle)
on Mar 12, 2006 at 05:32 UTC ( #536031=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How do you stay motivated?

I only have this issue with one language: C -- which I rarely use, don't much like using, don't much like, but still want to remain somewhat familiar with. I've remained familiar with it by habiting Freenode ##C , which conveniently has some regulars who I like talking to about non-C subjects in between C questions. On a C question, I answer or otherwise help the questioner (... ask a better question) until someone more knowledgeable notices.

For Perl, Freenode #Perl seems like it would offer similar opportunities. You can also answer questions here, of course :-)

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Re^2: How do you stay motivated?
by GrandFather (Saint) on Mar 12, 2006 at 06:13 UTC

    From time to time in the (somewhat distant) past people have asked me if they should learn Pascal or C. My answer was generally "If you will be using it at least once a week learn C, otherwise learn Pascal". My justification was that C (and more so C++) was a more useful language, but the operators and quirks were harder to remember, whereas Pascal could be picked up more quickly and understood in large part without even knowing the language.

    These days naturally I'd recommend Perl - so long as you have access to PerlMonks. :)

    DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

      You’re not seriously suggesting that Perl is less quirky than C, are you? :-)

      Makeshifts last the longest.

        Perl has DWIM, what more could you need?

        DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel
Re^2: How do you stay motivated?
by Marza (Vicar) on Mar 15, 2006 at 07:11 UTC
    Actually Freenode does look interesting. Didn't know it existed. Thank you!

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