[Edu-sig] Python as a first language for computer sciencist

Brad Miller bmiller at luther.edu
Tue Oct 18 22:31:29 CEST 2005

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On Oct 18, 2005, at 2:57 PM, Beni Cherniavsky wrote:

> On Mon, 2005-10-17 at 13:00 -0500, Brad Miller wrote:
>> [...Luther College using Python for CS1, CS2 and data structures...]
>> Of course we also teach and use Java but we don't introduce our
>> students to Java until the third course in our introductory sequence.
>> The nice thing about holding off on Java until the third course is
>> that the students now know enough computer science that we can  
>> work on
>> bigger and more interesting problems while they are learning  
>> Java.  In
>> addition I can now use Python to compare and contrast as I introduce
>> new language concepts in Java.
> Do you tell them about Jython?  Do you have data on how they use  
> Jython?
> I guess that with such prior Python experience, they should be very
> comfortable mixing the languages.
I have not told them about Jython, mainly because my own impression  
was that Jython was not really going anywhere.  I tried a couple of  
simple graphics programs that didn't work....

After reading your message I went to www.jython.org and I still get  
mixed signals about whats happening.  Apparently there is a new alpha  
release of Jython 2.2, but the Wiki is broken, the developer blog  
comes up blank.  I don't see any plans about making Jython compatible  
with Python 2.4.x....

If it does turn out that Jython becomes a thriving, active version of  
Python then I think it would be very interesting to investigate.   
Have you used Jython?  What has been your experience?  Maybe others  
are more in the know about the future prospects of Jython?


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