On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM, NBarnes [email protected] wrote:
To be honest, coming from a more Java-equse background, I had some trouble
with Ruby’s idioms. While I’ve come to grok the way that Ruby’s usual
idioms do and do not omit parentheses and use hashes to pass sets of
optional parameters, I’m not sure that it’s wise to try and teach students
the hows and whys of programming syntax in such an environment.
It’s an open question how important that research is. The initial
learning phase is usually much smaller than the usage phase and Perl
proves that you can get used to anything.