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#21 obsidian

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:12 PM

I think the biggest thing is in the definition of what we mean by learning a language. If you simply mean being able to duplicate some code and understand what it's doing (along with the obvious understanding of syntax and such), yes, I'll agree that you can "learn" a language in 21 days. However, and I tend to be of this mindset, if you mean being able to do any level of intelligent problem solving and possibly some coding from scratch, no, I don't believe someone can successfully learn a language that quickly.

Now, take into account that I started PHP with one of those 21 day books, too. All I had to show for my time at the end of 21 days was some duplicated code I'd copied and modified from the examples, a knowledge of the syntax, and a basic knowledge of the principles surrounding some of the most general concepts of PHP... and I am one of those who takes my time, going through every line and page of the book ;)

It really comes down to the level of knowledge that you want to draw the line at as far as learning a language... and obviously dependent on the intelligence level of the learner, too ;)
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#22 play_

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 01:13 AM

you could probaly learn it within 21 days with a good book or tutorial.

Im afraid no one is learning C in 21 days, whatever the title of the book says.

How about Sam's Teach yourself c++ in 10 minutes :)
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#23 trq

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 03:01 AM

PHP is written in C not C++.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 03:33 AM

OK, we've gone so far off the beaten path that we're probably in the river. If one of you gentlemen is interested in continuing the "learning C or C++" discussion, please start over in the Miscellaneous forum - thanks.

And thorpe, I think he was agreeing with you - he was saying "How silly to claim to learn C++ in ten minutes!" But I could be wrong.
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