I come to ask this question here, because Meta told me this place was probably best for it. Reference: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/114043/
I've read this article many a times and ran in to it again today: Signs that you're a bad programmer
And the 2nd paragraph is something I've been thinking about a lot recently:
2. Poor understanding of the language's programming model
There are several more models and several more languages that implement those models.
Recently, I first tried out Ruby, and I never got beyond the basic stuff. Make an array, make a string, do substrings, etc...
My main problem was: why was I doing this? Why use a different tool when I already have one. You read so much stuff about how great certain languages are, but I feel I don't understand the goal of Ruby. Or its goals, if it has multiple.
Take PHP for example: you can use it to power websites, but also just to be a script that responds to a server request with some text-data.
Then there's other models. Why do I use them and in what situations? Why prefer them over other models, etc...
Does anyone know of a website or wiki that specializes in this? Because that would be really helpful.