it's almost 8 years later and I am going to ask these same question since
it wasn't really answered
Thanks for taking the time to read. I’m interested in trying out Clojure
> for my first programming language--at least, the first programming language
> in which I intend to commit myself to becoming proficient.
I hope someone replies
On Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:38:58 PM UTC+8, Towle wrote:
> Hi all,
> Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I'm interested to get some
> opinions from experienced Clojure programmers on whether the language
> would be a good first language to learn, or rather to learn in-depth.
> I have minimal experienced with more common languages like Java, HTML,
> and C++, but having the personality I do, felt compelled to shop
> around a bit before choosing a first language to learn seriously on a
> deep and intuitive level-- perhaps my odd notion of there being a
> connection between a programmer and the first language s/he
> understands on that high of a level. So after shopping around
> thoroughly and picking up bits about on theoretical computer science
> and the history of programming languages, I decided to pick up a Lisp;
> I'm intrigued by the greater concept/idea behind the Lisp family of
> After a long while trying to figure out which of the Lisps would be a
> good first choice, I stumbled across Clojure and immediately thought
> it a brilliant idea, conceding of course that at my current level of
> knowledge, I likely have no idea what a brilliant idea in computer
> programming looks like. Regardless, it still feels brilliant.
> As I see it, among other features of the language, the idea of a Lisp
> designed to be a capable choice for "real-world" code applications,
> that is a Lisp which embodies the spirit of that family of languages
> yet one which resolves many of the "practicality" complaints which
> stand as hurdles on a Lisp's path to real-world use. For my situation,
> that of a student who wants both a) to learn a first language I can
> have a real, intellectual appreciation for and b) to begin the journey
> to "expertise" in a language it would be practical to code web
> applications in.
> So, Clojure programmers, am I wrong? Should I pass on Clojure in favor
> of another langauge? Or learn Common Lisp or Scheme first, then try my
> hand at Clojure? Am I mistaken for a different reason? Or perhaps
> there are some criteria I should consider before diving in?
> Thanks in advance, and again for taking the time to read.
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