[CentOS] OT: programming language for morons (newbie friendly language in Open Source world)

Mon Dec 13 16:48:54 UTC 2010
Adam Tauno Williams <awilliam at whitemice.org>

On Mon, 2010-12-13 at 17:14 +0100, Sven Aluoor wrote:
> Hi folks
> I have more than 12 years experience with UNIX system administration,
> but I am too stupid for programming. My only programming experience is
> shell scripting. I tried to learn Java, but don't understand it
> because it is too complicated for my limited brainpower.
> What programming language should I learn?
> A friend said that C-Sharp (Mono) is very simple. Is this true?

C# is a very nice language and the documentation is top-notch; it
probably has the best documentation of any stack [ with Java being near
the bottom of readable documentation ].  And Monodevelop is a fabulous
cross-platform IDE.

Another one to look at is Python.  You can probably get off-the-ground
faster in Python.  The documentation is fair to good and the core
[standard library in Python parlance] is quite good and reasonably
complete.  Python poses some problems for large solutions or code bases
[Python has sloppy types vs. the virtuous strict types of C#] but that
doesn't really matter if you are just starting out.