when is the moment you say that you know a language?

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    To me the average developer doesn't really know any language per se in the true sense of the word. I think you "know" when you know there's a tool, method or functionality that can be used to solve the problem you're attacking in that language. Then you go off to put your basic learned syntax with your dev experience + the research code you've found and accommodate it to your solution. When you're at that level, you "know". Imo.
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    When you can hack at the internals to fix bugs/add features.
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    Don't learn a language. Learn programming in its different flavors.

    Then knowing the language means having a solid foundation for the syntax for not having to look up everything anymore. (You'll still will read lots of docs. But more on the API level of some framework / dependencies you use.
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    Goes on my cv when I've made the hello world program that I copy pasted from the wiki run.
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    I recently watched a series in which the author rewrites some of the BSD shell commands as if it was 1994, in C. That's what I call knowing the language.
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    Maybe if I wrote one myself...
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    when you realize how big of a pile of shit it is
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    You never do
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    @BindView beat me to it.

    If you're still thinking, "wow, I want to use this for loads of projects!" then you're still at stage 2.

    Stage 1 is, "holy shit, I need to use this for EVERYTHING!".
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    For me it is with PHP. Although I of course don't know nearly everything about it, I hardly have to search for things I can't figure out anymore :)
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