[Edu-sig] re: Python Programming: An Introduction to ComputerScience

Kirby Urner urnerk at qwest.net
Wed Dec 17 16:46:03 EST 2003


> I would be very surprised if programming spreadsheets wasn't the largest
> programming activity if we were just counting the number of people who
> write some rudimentary programs. 

Good point.

> Business people and 12 year olds have about the same level of tolerance 
> for learning arcane programming languages. They want
> it to be easy and fast to make something work. It is not surprising that
> decimal numbers are expected for both groups. Why should they need to
> known about binary number representation?
> 

Also a good point.

> If Python is going to crack the business and educational markets there is
> one simple change that must be made. The lack of a native decimal number 
> type is show stopper for using Python in the business community. Add 
> decimal numbers and watch the COBOL programmer flock to Python:-)

They're in the pipeline I understand.

I'm not sure of their status though (I say this even after googling some).

Kirby





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