"Simple" Languages in FreeBSD

krad kraduk at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 10:22:57 UTC 2016

Depending on the problems you are tackling it may also be worth thinking
about things at a higher level as well. eg if you are doing systems
maintenance/automation look at something like ansible. It's not programming
in an traditional sense, but it can make things a lot easier to do,
especially if you are doing things at scale. There are other config
management tools out there (chef, puppet, salt, fabric etc) but ansible is
relatively easy to setup and get going, and will utilise anything you learn
in python very well. Don't be put off by the fact you may only have a small
number of machines, it still makes life easier.

On 1 July 2016 at 09:56, Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at sohara.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:52:43 -0400
> Allen <bsd_atog at comcast.net> wrote:
> > 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.
>         First off FreeBSD supports most programming languages from BASIC to
> Prolog by way of C, Smalltalk, LISP, Haskell and Forth among many others.
>         Here's the thing - each of the languages I've listed is an example
> of a particular programming paradigm (there are many other examples of each
> paradigm). If your aim is to learn about programming in general then I
> would advise learning as many different paradigms as possible. If your aim
> is to do a bit of programming then pick a language - any language - and
> learn to write something useful.
>         Python and Perl are both easy to learn OO/structured languages,
> python attempts to force good style, perl is more of an anything goes
> approach. Learn one and the other is easy to learn.
> --
> Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at sohara.org>
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