Thanks for taking the time to read. I’m interested in trying out Clojure for my first programming language--at least, the first programming language in which I intend to commit myself to becoming proficient. This might make more sense if I give a bit of background on my situation.
I have minimal experience (a couple college courses) with Java and C++, and I’ve tinkered with HTML, PHP, et al. on my own time. For a while, I’ve been intent on picking a language to learn for web application development, since got the startup itch. But being the person I am, I had to survey all the possible options first, since this is my first programming language we’re talking about. That wouldn’t matter to a lot of people, and maybe it shouldn’t to anyone, but I feel there’s a chance an experienced programmer has a certain connection with his/her "native" programming language, and if so, I want to choose a language worthy of that--none of this Java/C++ nonsense.
So after a few months of general web information gathering, I found and became intrigued by the ideas and concepts behind the Lisp family of languages. Being a math guy myself, I felt Lisp might be a more natural fit for my mind, that I might have a stronger natural connection with the language than I would with anything else.
That said, of all the Lisps, I’m leaning toward Clojure at the moment due to its many features which make it far more ideal than most Lisps for say, web applications--which are what I intend to code once I’ve achieved the level of skill necessary.
With all that in mind, what do the readers of HN think about choosing Clojure for a first language? Are there any reasons I may want to consider going in a different direction? How necessary is it to be proficient with, for example, Common Lisp or Scheme, before picking up Clojure, for somebody whose mind hasn’t been molded to think in terms of C or Python or Java or whatever?
Thanks again for reading. I appreciate any and all responses.