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Recommended approach to studying the Seven Languages in Seven Weeks book

Mohamed Sanaulla
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I was thinking which would be an ideal/recommended approach to studying the book-
  • From beginning to end OR
  • Pick any language you like and go ahead


  • I prefer the second approach as I dont have to learn those languages am not interested in. But then as Bruce mentioned that he has used comparison with other languages and in that case the second approach wouldn't be of much help. So if I follow the second approach- how much of an disadvantage is it going to be?


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    Hauke Ingmar Schmidt
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    I think the idea is to "learn" each language, even if you don't intend to use it. The different languages, to a degree, represent different concepts so it is useful to learn about them in any case - and is the purpose of this book. I guess it is the wrong book if you only want to learn one or a few of the languages.
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    Mohamed Sanaulla wrote:I was thinking which would be an ideal/recommended approach to studying the book-
  • From beginning to end OR
  • Pick any language you like and go ahead


  • I prefer the second approach as I dont have to learn those languages am not interested in. But then as Bruce mentioned that he has used comparison with other languages and in that case the second approach wouldn't be of much help. So if I follow the second approach- how much of an disadvantage is it going to be?



    The book is written in a way that will let you skip languages, but you'll get maximum benefit by working through them all. I would at least skim through them all, even if you don't plan to work through them. For example, Erlang is actually built on top of Prolog, so knowing Prolog's pattern matching will help you with Erlang.


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    Bruce Tate
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    Hauke Ingmar Schmidt wrote:I think the idea is to "learn" each language, even if you don't intend to use it. The different languages, to a degree, represent different concepts so it is useful to learn about them in any case - and is the purpose of this book. I guess it is the wrong book if you only want to learn one or a few of the languages.


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