[python-advocacy] [Edu-sig] education as Python killer app
hwg434 at yahoo.com
Thu May 31 15:34:56 CEST 2007
I strongly agree that Education could be Python's killer app. I not a programmer but an EE, and I started using Python in my work a couple years ago. Loved it so much I started using it to teach my son about programming. I'm even taking a run at writing a programming book for kids using Python. (I looked for suitable books for my son and found that there was almost nothing...)
I recently came across some information on proposed changes for Python 3.0 that are somewhat alarming to me. It seems they are planning to take away input() and raw_input().
This quote is from a PEP which argues for keeping some form of raw_input():
The proposed plans for Python 3.0 would require the replacement
of the single statement
speed = raw_input("What is the average airspeed velocity of an unladed
by the more complicated
print("What is the average airspeed velocity of an unladed swallow?")
speed = sys.stdin.readline()
The removal of raw_input (or equivalent) would not significantly reduce the
built-in namespace while it would steepen significantly the learning
curve for beginners.
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