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" If you only learn Java, you're going to have a big learning curve to deal
with when the next great language becomes popular. But if you know how to
write incredibly efficient algorithms and understand how microprocessors
handle data, everything else is just an abstraction. A computer is a
computer, regardless of the language.
That's why I'd like to learn assembly language some day. (And because
computers are just plain fun.)"
While I agree that a finer understanding of how computers operate, my minor
included VAX Assembly Language, in addition to Pascal and Fortran. I have to
say that my VAX Assembly Language class was the last time I used that
language. Any other time I worked on a VAX system, I used UNIX. I use more
of what I learned from BASIC and Pascal than I have from VAX Assembly.
However, with that said computers are just plain fun and sure make tech
writing a heck of a lot easier to do than the old days of chisel on granite.
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