Should I learn Lisp as my first programming language? I have no prior experience but have heard great things about it from programming friends.
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In my eyes it is not so important what language you learn first, if you make sure you learn one functional, one object oriented, and maybe a procedural and a logical language. You say that you have friends who are good at lisp. So if i were you i would (beside the fact that there are really cool language features) learn lisp. While learning these languages (look at other/similiar languages) closely look at the concepts and not too close on the concrete syntax. This will give you the ability to learn the next language much faster.
+1 For giving me the idea of learning and reading little about lisp :) !
I don't see why not, if you don't have any exposure to traditionally imperative languages such as Java, C#, or C++ :) When you hear people saying that Lisp, ML or whatever is "too difficult", this usually means they learned C++ or similar first. What they really mean is "this language is unlike what I have already learned, therefore it's too weird".
But if you approach it from a clean slate, I think it's going to be ok.
Lisps are great and I'd encourage anyone to try.
Depending on your mindset and aptitudes, it could be a good first programming language.
However be aware that many of the advanced features in Lisps require years of programming experience to master / appreciate. It's a bit unfair to expect a beginner to get their head around the subtleties of macro-based metaprogramming for example.
One quick and easy way to experiment with a modern Lisp online is Try Clojure. If you manage to get through the tutorial successfully and enjoy it then Lisp could be for you.....