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    Hello all.
    I'm looking into taking some programming courses next term, and I was wondering what would be more beneficial to know- C++ or Perl? I was thinking more along the lines of C, but I don't think the uni offers it. What do you all think?

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    Originally posted by bl0rch
    Hello all.
    I'm looking into taking some programming courses next term, and I was wondering what would be more beneficial to know- C++ or Perl? I was thinking more along the lines of C, but I don't think the uni offers it. What do you all think?
    The forums have a very useful search feature to empower users to find threads that match their topic. We have two threads on the general topic of "what language is best to learn first" and two threads on C++ vs. Java. Granted, you are asking about Perl, but it is mentioned in at least one of the generic threads on languages:
    General thread on "what language is best to use when starting"
    General thread on languages again
    C++ vs Java
    Java vs C++

    As for my suggestion on C++ vs Perl: use what you think you will have need to use immediately. If you are doing web design right now, or sysadmin work, learn Perl first. If you are not using programming outside of school, learn C++ before Perl. As for choosing between C or C++, learning C++ may make it easier for you to move into Java or Object Oriented coding, while if you plan to move into Assembly Language, then C often is a better choice to help you understand how a higher language is compiled to instructions used by the CPU.

    Only you know your needs and wants. Only you know what language is best to learn first.
    Last edited by TheCotMan; November 30, 2004, 15:58. Reason: added URL for search, grammar

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    • #3
      Just wondering what school you go to that no longer offers C? Up here at UC Davis the order of classes for CompSci/CompEng is Java(skippable with previous programming experience)-> C -> C++. This damn place doesn't even offer Perl. Gonna be self learning that after I self learn python. Stuck in the 90s I tell ya...

      -zac
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      • #4
        Originally posted by pr0zac0x2a
        JThis damn place doesn't even offer Perl. Gonna be self learning that after I self learn python. Stuck in the 90s I tell ya...
        C and C++... because weak typing doesn't scale
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        • #5
          Originally posted by bascule
          C and C++... because weak typing doesn't scale
          "Strong types for weak minds."

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