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Is Mac Lane still the best place to learn category theory?
For a student embarking on a study of algebraic topology, requiring a knowledge of basic category theory, with a long-term view toward higher/stable/derived category theory, ...
Or has the day arrived when it is possible to directly learn ($\infty$,n)-categories, without first learning ordinary category theory? (So the next generation will be, so to speak, natively derived.) If so, via what route? If not, what's the most efficient path through the classical core material to a modern perspective?