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>Learning for learning's sake is actually pointless

I can't disagree more.

Learning latin, ancient greek, french,italian, portuguese and spanish, C C++ JAVA Javascript, ruby python coffescript and groovy, lisp clojure...

Studying the patterns help being better user of each language. Consider it a "classic" coding education. Is totally worth the time. Especially because after a while, you see the ideas, the broader picture, not the words or the code.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." - Plutarch

See, I can play the quotes game :-P Besides, you missed my point, taking that out of context. Read it again.

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