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How do you Learn a Programming Language?

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Recently, in one of the mailing lists, someone asked about video tutorials to learn a programming language. That email made me  wonder how people are actually learning new programming languages.

I always felt that the best way to learn something is by doing something. Learning a programming language isn’t an exception to this rule. In fact, I strongly believe you can’t learn coding without actually coding something.

In this internet age, there are number of ways to learn a new programming language. Either you can read the blog posts from the language experts, download and mug-up(!) the documentations, do a side project to experiment with the code, attend seminars, workshops or do all these things.

So, my question is:

which method do you consider the *best* one to learn a programming language?

Also, If you wish, you could share the source of tutorials/language which might help others to get started.

From http://veerasundar.com/blog/2011/02/how-do-you-learn-a-programming-language/

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