Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

I always recommended Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years to junior developers as a path to expand their skills. With some gentle prodding from a friend, I’ve decided that it’s time to take some of my own advice and focus on one of the recommendations from that article:

Learn at least a half dozen programming languages. Include one language that supports class abstractions (like Java or C++), one that supports functional abstraction (like Lisp or ML), one that supports syntactic abstraction (like Lisp), one that supports declarative specifications (like Prolog or C++ templates), one that supports coroutines (like Icon or Scheme), and one that supports parallelism (like Sisal).

My professional work has been almost exclusively with PHP and JavaScript. I did a number of VB projects during school and there’s always a few tools you need to use or modify in other languages, but my experience with Ruby, Python and Perl doesn’t extend much beyond configuration, compiling and installation.

Recently I read through a good bit of Learn You a Haskell for a Great Good but I feel like I need a resource that’s more dedicated to teaching me what makes the language different and what it excels at, rather than an API reference guide. Enter Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce A. Tate.

I Will Take you Beyond Syntax
To really get into the head of a language designer, you’re going to have to be willing to go beyond the basic syntax. That means you’ll have to code something more than the typically “Hello, World” or even a Fibonacci series.

The book covers Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure and Haskell which gives an amazing smattering of different typing and programming models. I’m really looking forward to working through the programming examples and challenges in the book.

One comment

  1. Steve says:

    Good for you, let me know if it is worth working through. Thanks for the link!

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