On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM, Robert Klemme
<shortcutter / googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:46 PM, NBarnes <nbarnes / gmail.com> wrote:
>> To be honest, coming from a more Java-equse background, I had some trouble
>> with Ruby's idioms.  While I've come to grok the way that Ruby's usual
>> idioms do and do not omit parentheses and use hashes to pass sets of
>> optional parameters, I'm not sure that it's wise to try and teach students
>> the hows and whys of programming syntax in such an environment.
>
> It's an open question how important that research is. The initial
> learning phase is usually much smaller than the usage phase and Perl
> proves that you can get used to anything.


So does mucking horse stalls. :)