Paul Graham wrote about The Python Paradox. Unlike his earlier talk, this one actually had a good point.
A person who goes out of his or her way to learn a non-mainstream language is obviously interested in programming, not just doing it for a job. While Paul’s focus on Python may be a bit obsessive, it is certainly true that multi-lingual developers tend to be better.
One of the better tips from the classic “Pragmatic Programmer’s” book is to learn a new language every year or so, preferably one from a different paradigm. The exposure to new ideas and concepts helps you grow and develop as a developer.
Author: Robert Watkins
My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for.
I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.
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