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Nix Language / Development

Jumping straight in will cause frustration. Conversely, investing even one hour into understanding the language will give you a good starting point.

By my own estimate, a week's semi-casual use and you will understand most concepts, even if you still make plenty of small syntax errors.

Learning Nix (the language)

Of these, I've mostly stuck to's excellent tutorial, but do what suits you.

Learning by example

As you progress, try to read how various packages on nixpkg are actually being built. This is a helpful way to gauge your confidence with the language itself and the most common functions.

Go to NixOS Package Search and search for packages that interest you or use similar build systems and ecosystems to software you intend to package.