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Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce A. Tate

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The Languages

Choosing the languages in this book was much easier than you might imagine. I simply asked potential readers. When we rolled up all the data, we had eight potential candidates. I struck JavaScript because it was too popular and replaced it with the next most popular prototype language, Io. I also struck Python because I wanted no more than one object-oriented language, and Ruby was higher on the list. That made room for a surprising candidate, Prolog, which was a top-ten language on the list. These are the languages that did make the cut and the reasons I picked them:

  • Ruby. This object-oriented language gets high marks for ease of use and readability. I briefly considered not including any object-oriented language at all, but ...

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