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Re: advice for the undergrad

From: "Sarah Werning" <swerning@gmail.com>
> Many programs also accept computer programming languages as second
> languages

Really?? That's kind of odd, since programming languages are much
easier to gain fluency in. Well ... you have to learn one first, and
then the rest are pretty easy. If you know ActionScript, for example,
then you basically know JavaScript (they are derived from the same
standard), can fairly easily learn Java, C, C++, C#, PHP, etc. and
it's not too much of a stretch to learn Perl, Python, Ruby, BASIC,
etc. Some elements appear in almost every programming language, like
"if" blocks, "for" and "while" loops, mathematical operators,
functions, etc.

Anyway, it takes at most a year or so to learn a computer language
(and usually just a month or two), while human languages can take
anywhere from a couple of years to a decade. Seems odd to equate them.
T. Michael Keesey
Director of Technology
Exopolis, Inc.
2894 Rowena Avenue Ste. B
Los Angeles, California 90039