[BangPypers] Python at Schools

Yuvi Panda yuvipanda at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 10:23:30 CEST 2009

Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that we use TurboC (TurboC++ actually, but
they save it under a .C extension and hope a C compiler kicks in) - DOS
based but runnin on WinXP :) They do have Visual C++ 6 though - I wonder
which semester will see me touching that.

ICSE Schools do have a better syllabus - the only other guy who can actually
code is from one. He had Java, and his staff was apparently good - so he
picked up C in no time.

The rest of the students' only interest is in getting short programs which
are *easier to memorize*. Sigh. We're hoping to start a Python Course (free)
next semester though :)

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM, Amit Saha <lists.amitsaha at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yuvi Panda wrote:
>> Anna University starts with C, then jumps to Bash (?!!?!) and then jumps
>> back to C and C++. I've no idea where it is going (I'm in my third sem,
>> and
>> we're with a new curriculum), but I've seen glimpses of Flash(?!). 99% of
>> my
>> friends gave up on programming a month into the course - C isn't exactly
>> the
>> best first language, and Bash is just... curious.
> That is a 'colorful' cornucopia of choices to make the future Software
> engineers!
> The college, I studied in (under West Bengal Univ. of Tech), begins with C
> in the 2nd semester, and for a lot of people, that is the first language-
> and C programming is taught with Turbo C on MS-DOS. Going ahead, some C++,
> Java, JSP, BASH scripting is taught. And what do the average student (by
> avg. I would fine, the student who has no "deep" interest in programming,
> but just wants to get the job done- which could mean, get marks!) finally
> end up with? Programming Languages: C, Data Structures.
> Compared to that, the ICSE schools have a better programming syllabus these
> days- they start with LOGO, then some BASIC( GW/QBasic), then C++ and then
> some Java, but no Python. sigh.
> If I could, I would teach students Lisp after LOGO, after all LOGO is a
> LISP dialect!
> my random bits.
> -Amit
>> On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:34 AM, Rajeev J Sebastian <
>> rajeev.sebastian at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 7:59 AM, Abhishek Mishra <ideamonk at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> It happens that at ICSE schools java/c++ is offered for almost last 4
>>>> years of schooling, while my CBSE experience was horrible, with no
>>>> programming in syllabus till class 11th. While way back in an ICSE
>>>> school, programming started at class 6 with GW-BASIC and that language
>>>> was fun.
>>> At Bharatiya Vidya Mandir school at Kochi, we started on BASIC in the
>>> 5th std. It was CBSE.
>>> Engineering First+Second Sem at CUSAT, it same thing BASIC .. after
>>> two years of C++ at school.
>>> Makes you wonder who the hell makes these things. So my opinion is,
>>> schools can and do change depending on how good the teachers/principal
>>> are. But whats really bad are the universities, where its not so easy.
>>> Regards
>>> Rajeev J Sebastian
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