High learning curves that are worth it?
November 22, 2011 5:30 AM Subscribe
In your field, what's known to have a high learning curve but pays off in the long run?
posted by spec to education (28 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Lately I've been dabbling in the Haskell programming language. Compared to other programming languages, it's said to have a high learning curve because it's based around a different paradigm and specific mathematical concepts. However, after getting over the learning part there are a lot of benefits, at least theoretically, over some other programming languages.
Another technical-related example is learning vim/emacs, which are text editors that can be compared to Notepad on Windows. Learning these programs can take years, but the payoff is you are permanently much faster at text editing.
Going along these lines, I'm wondering if there are things in your field that are known for their high learning curves and high payoffs?