[CentralOH] Why Python?

Jay Shaffstall jshaffstall at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 15:51:57 CEST 2014

I use Python in my CS 0 class at Muskingum, with great results.


On Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Eric Floehr <eric at intellovations.com>

> At the last meeting Pete Carswell asked me for help in supporting his goal
> of wanting Python as the introductory language taught at CSCC, and
> specifically to contrast it against Ruby, which is being pushed there. I
> thought that I would share my response with everyone.
> This is not meant as a negative for any other language (like Ruby, or even
> Perl). Every person has their own reasons for selecting a particular
> technology and I applaud that. I've written programs for money in Perl,
> Ruby, PHP, Microsoft C++, etc. These are simply data points to support why
> Python is a good choice for an introductory programming course.
> *ACM: Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top
> U.S. universities*
> http://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/176450-python-is-now-the-most-popular-introductory-teaching-language-at-top-us-universities/fulltext
> *Why I push for Python*
> http://lorenabarba.com/blog/why-i-push-for-python/
> *Python is asked for by more employers*
> http://www.indeed.com/jobanalytics/jobtrends?q=python%2Cruby&l=
> *Python is asked for by more startups*
> (today: 1854 jobs ask for Python, 915 Ruby, 1232 javascript, 2002 java)
> http://www.startuphire.com/
> *TIOBE Index*
> http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html
> *Five programming languages marked for death (dice.com <http://dice.com>)*
> http://news.dice.com/2014/10/09/5-programming-languages-marked-for-death
> (definitely just one man's opinion, but those language are Perl, Ruby,
> VisualBasic.NET, Adobe Flash and Air, Delphi's Object Pascal)
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