Learn Go Or Improve My Python/Ruby Knowledge


Question

I was reading about Go, and I can see that it's very good and can be a language used by many developers in some months, but I want to decide a simple thing: Learn Go or improve my Python or Ruby knowledge?

Years developing with Python: 1
Years developing with Ruby: 0.3

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1/6/2010 3:06:04 AM

Accepted Answer

If you're just looking to have fun and expand your horizons, then I'd learn Go, since you already know some Python.

If you're looking to improve as a developer, I'd personally recommend working on an actual project (using Python, as it's the language you have the most experience with):

  • This will take your (Python and general) programming skills to a whole new level
  • If you choose an interesting project, for example a semi-popular open source project, you'll even have some concrete result to show for your extra work. This will help your resume, help you meet other people interested in programming, etc.

I personally believe that spending the time you would have spent learning a new language by coding actual things you can use, is usually a net win (unless of course, like I said, you're just doing it for some fun recreation or relaxation).

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1/5/2010 10:10:55 PM

In reality, you should do both; if it's what you want. For me though, out of the two, I'd only look at Python. I have no real interest in languages that are so new.


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