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  1. Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)
    Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)
    Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)
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  2. Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)

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You should learn a programming language every year, as recommended by The Pragmatic Programmer. But if one per year is good, how about Seven Languages in Seven Weeks? In this book you'll get a hands-on tour of Clojure, Haskell, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, and Ruby. Whether or not your favorite language is on that list, you'll broaden your perspective of programming by examining these languages side-by-side. You'll learn something new from each, and best of all, you'll learn how to learn a language quickly.

Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure, Haskell. With Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, by Bruce A. Tate, you'll go beyond the syntax-and beyond the 20-minute tutorial you'll find someplace online. This book has an audacious goal: to present a meaningful exploration of seven languages within a single book. Rather than serve as a complete reference or installation guide, Seven Languages hits what's essential and unique about each language. Moreover, this approach will help teach you how to grok new languages.

For each language, you'll solve a nontrivial problem, using techniques that show off the language's most important features. As the book proceeds, you'll discover the strengths and weaknesses of the languages, while dissecting the process of learning languages quickly--for example, finding the typing and programming models, decision structures, and how you interact with them.

Among this group of seven, you'll explore the most critical programming models of our time. Learn the dynamic typing that makes Ruby, Python, and Perl so flexible and compelling. Understand the underlying prototype system that's at the heart of JavaScript. See how pattern matching in Prolog shaped the development of Scala and Erlang. Discover how pure functional programming in Haskell is different from the Lisp family of languages, including Clojure.

Explore the concurrency techniques that are quickly becoming the backbone of a new generation of Internet applications. Find out how to use Erlang's let-it-crash philosophy for building fault-tolerant systems. Understand the actor model that drives concurrency design in Io and Scala. Learn how Clojure uses versioning to solve some of the most difficult concurrency problems.

It's all here, all in one place. Use the concepts from one language to find creative solutions in another-or discover a language that may become one of your favorites.

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Background: I stumbled across the author's blog post announcing his intention to write the book while looking for materials comparing language paradigms instead of particular languages (object-oriented, logical, functional, prototype, etc). The as yet unwritten book sounded like exactly what I was after (thus my enthusiastic anticipation). I purchased an electronic copy of this book from the Prag Press beta program about six months ago and began reading the chapters as they were completed and released. My paper copy just arrived from Amazon today. Thus I can comment on the whole content of the book and the physical object.

Languages: While the languages covered (Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure, Haskell) are excitingly (painfully?) trendy the list is not without merit. In the introduction the author explains that he arrived at the list by asking readers and edited from there: swapping Io for JavaScript and excluding Python thereby making room for Prolog. One could... Read more
In a way, it's almost as if this book (and the subsequent book with seven more languages) was written specifically for me...except for the "seven weeks" part. I have an erratic schedule, so staying with the day-by-day pattern didn't work for me. Nevertheless, the choice of languages was very helpful for me, personally (as always, other readers will likely disagree). The chapter on Ruby was a nice introduction to a language I'd seen mentioned a lot of times, but knew very little about it. Io was relatively uninteresting, but did help explain how a similar language, JavaScript, works. Prolog was fascinating, albeit limited, and is the oldest language described in this book. Scala is a language I had wanted to check out, anyway. Erlang is interesting (the "let it crash" philosophy was particularly intriguing). Clojure and Haskell were languages I'd already started studying on my own, and even though I've done a modest amount of Clojure learning, this book's superficial... Read more
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this book is that it teaches how to evaluate a programming language. The author has chosen 7 languages as the title suggests. For each language he describes different unique features of the language. Each language section is broken into three parts which are called Days.

By reading this book you will not become an expert in any of the languages. The book is more like introduction to each language. Imagine you searched on Google for "Differences between Scala & Ruby". You would get the Wikipedia entry and maybe a blog post or two. This book is sort of like a really long blog post about the different languages.

Bridging across chapters, the author looks often at the concurrency model each language has along with other aspects.

It's not a perfect book though. Because the book is roughly 300 pages the coverage can be light, and clearly the author is not an expert in all 7 languages; but at least he does not... Read more
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