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>> Notice there is no quick fix here - if you want a quick fix go buy "learn PHP in ten minutes" and spend the next twenty years googling for "how do I compute the length of a string"

I couldn't agree more on that one.

If he were talking about actually thinking about programming techniques I'd agree but here he's talking about languages, and while the languages he lists are sufficiently different, saying it'd take years to master lisp after working in ML, or learning Javascript after knowing C. After the first couple of languages learning new abstractions shouldn't really take that long.

In an ideal world easy programming solutions can be easily explained in the right language. We're not quite there yet but doing quicksort in ML doesn't require 5 years experience.

I mostly use PHP. I googled that once. Should I feel shame for not writing my own function when it has already been done?

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