On 5/14/06, corey konrad [email protected] wrote:
this stuff is discouraging, lol. Since i started learning to program i
feel like i am mentally retarded or something. Is it normal to have this
many problems with understanding simple things when you learn this
stuff, for some people it seems to just come naturally like they were
born into it.
I started learning Ruby a couple of years ago, but I started
programming somewhere around 1981. By the time I found Ruby, yeah, it
sort of ‘came naturally’ to me. So yeah, some people are ‘naturals’,
and it looks like you might be one of them. The part where it ‘comes
naturally’ happens later.
It’s driving you nuts, but you still keep doing it. Why?
You must figure out what you are doing wrong.
You must find a way to make it do what you want.
To me, that sounds like a ‘natural’
Since nobody’s mentioned it (I think), most Ruby users are coming from
other languages. Granted, that can be true for many languages, but I
think the ratio is higher for Ruby.
Until Rails, it was relatively unknown in the US. Certainly far below
perl, Java, PHP, Python, etc. Most of the people (like myself) who
looked into Ruby were already programmers, and probably knew more than
one language. That’s part of all the ‘Ruby is wonderful’ hype. It
may take experience with other languages to see that part.
I’m not saying it’s not a good language to learn first, I have no idea
if it is or not, I don’t think enough people (US at least) have
learned it as their first language to decide that case. What I’m
saying is, once you learn another language (after you learn Ruby that
is), then you’re more likely to see the ‘beauty’ that is Ruby.
On the bright side, once ‘it clicks’, and you get Ruby (or any other
language for that matter), learning other languages becomes easier.
Personally, I think that once you’ve learned 3 languages, you’ll be
convinced that you can learn any language.
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