[Edu-sig] Look for opportunities and avoid bogging down in differences...

Michael Tobis mtobis at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 01:00:27 CEST 2006

I agree with the subject line.

Jeff, the not-very-rich client idea we discussed at PyCon is very much
on my mind.

I think I've got a realistic design for a doctest-driven beginners'
programming courseware suitable for presenting HHTLCSpy - type
materials that can be put together in a week or so with my level of
skill. (Or a half-day if I let Ian B in on it... ) That week probably
won't happen before early June, but I think I'll have something of
immediate interest to you early enough in the summer that we can
develop real curriculum in time for next fall.

I am also mentoring people in Python here in Chicago, both in an
informal ad hoc group and at an inner city high school, largely as a
consequence of your influence. It's been a remarkable experience for

On the other hand, I am absolutely beside myself with enthusiasm for
the confluence of Squeak and Python! (See this page in my personal web
http://geosci.uchicago.edu/~tobis/squeak.html )

I don't think Squeathon competes with HTTLCSpy ; rather I hope to
establish my bona fides in this area by delivering a small package of
immediate utility that I hope you will find useful enough to actually
use, and soon at that!

I think this list can accommodate both near-term and long-term
objectives, especially if we eschew hair-splitting and tangential
philosophy in favor of useful results both immediate and long-term.


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