Originally Posted by sigint-ninja
I know what you guys have said, and what your opinions on certs are...just wondering if RHCSA is an entry level certification...it appears to be. and as pointed out earlier,i dont expect to get a job with a cert...i just want to study with a goal in mind...while getting practical experience as a hobbyist.
Realize that all scripting languages are very similar. The main differences are obviously their syntax and the facts that each do different things better. Some are better with text manipulation than others and it depends if this is the functionality you want or need out of the language. I'm not totally sure, but my personal experience is that if you're dealing with binary data, then you'll want to program using C or C++. I've never tried to use scripting to deal with binary data.
I do feel it's useful to learn C or C++ programming at the very least to be able to read and understand it, because Linux is based off of C and a lot of added code is written in C++ as well. The other point to all that is knowing how to configure, make, and install something from source because you can't get it via a package file is a helpful talent.
I'd look at the job listings and see what they're looking mainly for, and pick up the base skills. Like if you see Python everywhere, learn that. I don't try to be a master at every language except the one or two which I primarily use. However having exposure too, and familiarity with a few well known languages is helpful and also aids you when you tackle a new project that doesn't fall right into your wheelhouse. Basically you'll learn to be persistent and not allow the shape of a box (language, operating system, unfamiliar technology) to dictate your path to a successful project completion.