"Simple" Languages in FreeBSD

Mike Jeays mike.jeays at rogers.com
Fri Jul 1 00:36:16 UTC 2016

I completely agree with Felix Friedlander. Unless you have strong
reasons for picking Perl or Ruby (and it doesn't sound as if you do),
Python is easily the best choice these days. It is very easy to get
started and the language syntax is very clean, but it is extremely
powerful. Don't be put off by the unusual syntax of using alignment to
denote structure. It seems like a mickey mouse idea at first sight to
those who come from other languages, but it works well and leads to more
readable code. It is a strength, not a weakness.

On Thu, 2016-06-30 at 17:52 -0400, Allen wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been using FreeBSD on and off since 4.0-CURRENT, which seems like
> almost a lifetime ago now, heh. I'm currently using FreeBSD
> 10.0-RELEASE and even though I've gotten my latest order from the
> FreeBSD Mall (Which I bought 10.3-RELEASE on DVD along with a bunch of
> other stuff for myself and my Wife) I'm not ready to upgrade yet since
> I've gotten my system working how I like (Got WindowMaker set up, and
> FVWM2, and some other stuff set up) so I'm using it for now.
> Anyway, in all these years that have passed using FreeBSD and a bunch
> of Linux distros, I never had time or patience enough to learn
> Programming Languages, and I'm getting more and more to the part where
> I'm thinking it's a good idea more so now than before.
> I have the book "Learning Perl" that I bought a while back, and I've
> also downloaded a bunch of stuff for Perl, Python, Ruby, and others, so
> I'm just curious on basically what Languages anyone here would
> recommend.
> Literally anyone who responds with an opinion, I'm interested. Being
> easy to learn for someone who isn't great with Math but does understand
> Unix is a plus but not a requirement. I was starting to teach myself
> Ruby on a Linux box I was using for a while and Ruby did seem to be
> going OK, but a lot of the FreeBSD Books I've bought recommend Perl,
> and I've also had just as many reasons from people saying to try
> Python, so basically any Language and what reasons would be great.
> -Allen
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