“The better decision maker has at his/her disposal repertoires of possible actions; checklists of things to think about before he acts; and he has mechanisms in his mind to evoke these, and bring these to his conscious attention when the situations for decision arise.”
(Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate)
C’s mental model is of blocks of memory. C makes you go bare metal – there is a block of memory address blocks underneath!
Python’s underlying mental model is of dicts. Almost everything is a dict or a dict with superpowers!
Erlang’s mental model is of processes. Everything is around handling these processes, monitoring them, how they behave.
LISP’s mental model is of Lists. Everything is a list – function definition, function invocation, data … everything IS A list!
PHP makes you think in terms of HTML output (just kidding).
There is a line I remember – A language that does not fundamentally affect the way you think is not worth learning. Hmmm… time to do some serious work in these languages?