Must have been one good post. Well, I'm thinking about starting to post some stuff over here at Code Project in the future. I'm tired of life right now, but that can't stop me from going on, learning new things, coding.
Now it's 02:17 am Saturday night and I have one stationary machine rendering a project from Blender on it, one HP Pro Book from work that I'm writing this post on, and beside me is another laptop having Linux Tumbleweed (rolling install of OpenSuse) on it.
That's my idea of a Saturday night... I hope that readers get my sarcasm and don't think I'm as crazy as I actually am.
Well, anyway, I have some projects going on. It involves creating course-ware for beginners to programming using C and Python. Later on it is planned to fork out to a 3D / Gaming path and along the way some C++ and Lua.
It's going to start out really slowly and easy and something I just do on my spare time.
I'll create a group structure of some kind and link it to my new domain somehow. Don't be afraid to join these member groups, and don't expect too much happening there the first time anyway.
That's it for today. Hope people are interested in following up on this.
All the best,
Certainty of death, small chance of success... What are we waiting for?
To summarize the key differences between the major programming languages, consider this as a starting point:
Functional languages employ a computational model based on the recursive definition of functions. They take their inspiration from the lambda calculus, a formal computational model developed by Alonzo Church in the 1930s. In essence, a program is considered a function from inputs to outputs, defined in terms of simpler functions through a process of refinement. Languages in this category include Lisp, ML, and Haskell, and some other minors.
Logic Context Languages:
Logic- or constraint-based languages take their inspiration from predicate logic. They model computation as an attempt to find values that satisfy certain specified relationships, using goal-directed search through a list of logical rules. Prolog is the best-known logic language. The term also sometimes applies to the SQL database language, the XSLT scripting language, and programmable aspects of spreadsheets such as Excel and its predecessors.
Procedural / Von Neumann Languages:
These languages are the most familiar and successful. They include Fortran, Ada 83, C, and all of the others in which the basic means of computation is the modification of variables.
Whereas functional languages are based on expressions that have values, Von Neumann languages are based on statements (assignments in particular) that influence subsequent computation via the side effect of changing the value of memory.
Scripting / Runtime-interpreted Languages:
These languages are a subset of the Von Neumann languages. They are distinguished by their emphasis on "gluing together" components that were originally developed as independent programs. Several of these languages were originally developed for specific purposes: csh and bash, for example, are the input languages of job control (shell) programs.
Other languages, including Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl, and some others are more deliberately general purpose. Most place an emphasis on rapid prototyping, with a bias toward ease of expression over speed of execution.
Object Oriented Languages (OOP):
Object-oriented languages trace their roots to Simula 67, created mainly by the Norwegian computer scientists Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard.
Most are closely related to the von Neumann languages, but have a much more structured and distributed model of both memory and computation.
Rather than picture computation as the operation of a monolithic processor on a monolithic memory, object-oriented languages picture it as interactions among semi-independent objects, each of which has both its own internal state and subroutines to manage that state. Smalltalk is the "purest" of the object-oriented languages.
C++, Java and C# are the most widely used.