"Simple" Languages in FreeBSD

Karl Young karly at kipshouse.org
Fri Jul 1 19:16:00 UTC 2016

Allen(bsd_atog at comcast.net)@2016.07.01 14:22:50 -0400:
> On Fri, 1 Jul 2016 12:41:58 -0400
> Eventually I want to learn C, 

I'm going to be the contrarian here.  If you want to learn C, start with
C, (C, *not* C++), just start with something simple, and keep building
on it.

Any book that say you can learn a programming language in 24 hours (or
21 days: <http://abstrusegoose.com/249>), is probably not going to be
helpful.  If you already have hundreds of books, you probably have a
copy of "The C Programmiing Language by Kernighan and Ritchie
(The White Book)".

Take as long as it takes to do all the exercises in the book.  When you
get stuck, get help, and stick with it.

One Day at a Time.

Good Luck


> and some day, if possible, I'd like to
> learn Assembler just to get an idea of how the differences between
> i386, i486, i586, i686, and MIPS, and basically learn the ins and outs
> of old Sun hardware and Apple Hardware and SGI stuff. But really the
> main goal I'd like to get to, is knowing C, but I've also learned that
> before I learn C, I need to learn something simpler in terms of how it
> works, like Perl, Python, Ruby, Shell Scripting, and so on, and once
> I've gotten decent at one or two of those, I figured that would teach
> me the Logical parts required for higher end things like C. I have read
> a lot about Perl, and Ruby, and Python, and so I do know that any of
> those three would be usable for more than just simple little Scripts,
> and once I've learned maybe two of those, I figure it'll make learning
> C easier.
> Sorry again for the length of this, it's not meant to irritate anyone,
> but I thought the question as to why now all of a sudden did I want to
> start learning this stuff was a valid question, and without going into
> a bit of History I didn't know of any other way to answer that
> question, so again, sorry about the length and chunk of my life story I
> typed out, but I thought if I gave some history it would make the
> reasons a bit more clear.
> Thank you everyone who replied, I value the opinions,
> -Allen
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