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Offline Plu (OP)

Favorite programming languages?
« on: June 21, 2013, 09:03:47 AM »
Or maybe we'll just start with "do you know how to program?"

I'm a professional PHP programmer by trade, but I think the language is kinda shitty.

At home I mostly program in Lua right now, which is awesome. For something as old at it is, it seems to be able to do a few things that I haven't really seen any other language do. Like multiple return values on functions. Or variable swapping.

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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 09:43:31 AM »
Java, JS, and if you can call it a programming language HTML. As a part of my job, I've learned a good deal about Python as well. They're easy languages to learn, IMO. I also know a GIS "language" called ESRI's ArcGIS, it's built upon the Python model engine, hence the requirement to learn some Python. I have dabbled in C and C++, but I wouldn't know a class from a variable now if my life dependent on it.
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Offline Plu (OP)

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 09:56:33 AM »
I don't think HTML/CSS qualifies as a programming language as you cannot use it to solve anything. All it does is make documents. It's about as much of a programming language as microsoft word in that regard :P

It is pretty complex though. Especially the newest version. Who'd have thought you can make a language that describes what a document should look like that becomes so complex that hardly anyone would be able to figure it out without specialised training.

And nobody even notices, because hardly any ever presses Control+U to bring up the HTML source that was used to build the page they're currently looking at.

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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 10:14:45 AM »
My favorite programming language is the one that mistakenly puts $1 from everyone elses bank account into my account. Somehow I flunked that class in college.. binge drinking.. :-k
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Offline Plu (OP)

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2013, 10:19:08 AM »
Computers don't make mistakes :P That's one of the first things you learn in IT class.

If the computer isn't doing what you want, it's because you're failing to explain to it what you want. ^^

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013, 10:20:58 AM »
Ok then..picky picky.. THE APPEARANCE of mistakenly.. Feel better now?
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Offline Plu (OP)

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2013, 10:23:26 AM »
That's what you get when you program computers too long, it makes you very specific about things ;P

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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2013, 10:32:40 AM »
Err..yep. Just think when computers are made to understand wishy washy praying-like language..
"Please computer..send a billion dollars to my account and make my penis grow three inches overnight!" :-k
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Offline Satt

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2013, 10:46:52 AM »
It may not count, but VBA has been VERY useful to me over the years.
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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013, 10:47:49 AM »
VBA is a programming language in every sense of the word :)

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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013, 10:50:57 AM »
Quote from: "Plu"
Or maybe we'll just start with "do you know how to program?"

I'm a professional PHP programmer by trade, but I think the language is kinda shitty.

At home I mostly program in Lua right now, which is awesome. For something as old at it is, it seems to be able to do a few things that I haven't really seen any other language do. Like multiple return values on functions. Or variable swapping.
I used to program all the time, although not professionally.  It was the single most enjoyable thing I did with the computer at one time.  While not a professional, so to speak, I did write and market a program.  The marketing was expensive as Hell, but I managed to break even on a $40,000 investment.  But it was fun.  Alas, I no longer program, as I've gone on to other things.  I don't even know what the languages are these days.  My programming ended just as the BASIC variations were becoming obsolete.  I think what I liked about it, was that it required a logical cause and effect mindset.  You could make the computer do anything you wanted, as long as you proceeded logically and followed rules of syntax (and spelling) that the computer would understand.  If you did it right, without making assumptions that the computer would figure out what you had in mind even if you wrote garbage code, it would do what you wanted.  It was a satisfying rush if you proceeded in a logical fashion and didn't expect the computer to just jump to your conclusions.  It forced me to think somewhat similarly to the way skeptics think through things to reach reality based conclusions.  Bullshit didn't work, no matter how much you wanted it to.  There were logical rules that you had to follow.  If you put in bullshit, you got nothing for it.

Offline Plu (OP)

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2013, 10:56:40 AM »
Yeah. I think that's a pretty accurate description of what makes programming awesome :)

The mindset and the ability to describe a proces in such detail that even a machine can do it.

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2013, 11:03:35 AM »
C'mon programmers.. do something useful. Write a program that hacks government sites..the ones accessable to the public and whenever a teabaggers says anything the site says things like: Governor admits to being a lying sack of shit. Or.. Congressman X admits to enjoying anal sex with BBC!
Your lives could be so worthwhile.:)
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Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2013, 11:19:12 AM »


LOL

Re: Favorite programming languages?
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2013, 01:06:37 PM »
Quote from: "Plu"
I'm a professional PHP programmer

There's no such fucking thing!  :rollin:

But to answer the OP's question.  It would have to be something like C.  I find it an elegant language to express code in.

I do most of my work in C# at the moment though.  It's a fun language.

Although, not as fun as Ook.
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