INTP 5w4 Iconoclast
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- Today, 02:44
- Mar 16, 2010
- Upstate NY, USA, Earth
Your recommendation might not be lost on Serac as he commented on possibly learning lisp over in the Coding Thread.LISP is sort of it's own thing with it's homoiconicity (get into it now while you're young enough for it to take root better--you might like it,
Though in his case, as an R programmer, you might help break down resistance to experimentation more by reminding him that R is based on S and the Scheme dialect of Lisp.
*heavy sigh*it's all foreach loops for everything) ...
Here we go again.
Got the hammer and tongs ready?
It's your language-based bias induced by the (mis)use of languages employing ITERATION which finds you (mis)representing and mis-characterizing the lisps in this way;
One can do much in the lisps via RECURSION which allows one to `recur' rather than reITERATE.
Of course one can iterate on both lists and vectors as well as exploit recursion on the -- singly linked -- lists available via the lisps.
And nowadays one can evaluate/run/execute all the languages you've thus far mentioned -- including brainfuck -- within an org-mode file which employs a dialect of lisp to make it all happen as the plain text file is rendered MAGICAL.
They're all `natural' ... or at least equally `artificial'/man_made, Skinart Hephy ... Illustrated Man.That's one of the things I like about programming languages though--way easier to pick up new ones than natural languages, especially for me.
Though sometimes it's the programming paradigms a language will support, allow, and promote as per linguistic relativity which matters MORE -- cognitively, expressively -- than a specific language a newb can wrap his or her mind around.
To wit, to my mind the functional paradigm learned during the same developmental interval in a learner's life as `Algebra' can facilitate the learning of BOTH in a synergistic mutually-reinforcing way which can help the learner refrain from imbuing special superstitious reverence for the notation revered by the math weenies who favor their notation over those employed by programming languages which support the functional paradigm.