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Friday September 15, 2006
01:47 PM

Why you should learn PHP and not COBOL

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Glancing thru Yahoo News, I came across the eWeek article 10 Programming Languages You Should Learn Right Now. (Shame TorgoX doesn't write here anymore: ALL MUST LEARN! LEARN NOW! :)

My favorite piece of lameness in the article is the reason you should learn the number one language, PHP:

Building Web apps from scratch using C or COBOL is going the way of the dinosaur

T. Rex called to say he's insulted.

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  • I was about to start this new webapp in C _and_ COBOL. I was going to mostly write it in COBOL for the high level logic, and the use C for the performance-intensive bits.

    I am _so_ glad I read that article first!
  • My favorite entry was AJAX. Since they already have JavaScript as a separate item, what are they actually suggesting learning? XML? XMLHttpRequest? At least they clarify that it isn't a language.

    And I love how many imperative programming languages with Algol-derived syntax they list. For balance, there's some OO. They have country *and* western.
    • Ooo! How could I miss this gem?

      Java: Hailed by many developers as a "beautiful" language
      • I've often called it "beautiful", but I always include the quotes so everyone knows I'm not serious.

  • Learning C is crucial. Once you learn C, making the jump to Java or C# is fairly easy, because a lot of the syntax is common. Also, a lot of C syntax is used in scripting languages

    Well OK... but what about C?

    This quote is only saying that a lot of languages syntactically look like C, but I don't see anything like a reason to learn C itself.
  • ... that is has a number 1. on it. Note that the article doesn't say anything about it being the best or their top recommendation. It's just the first one displayed.