[Edu-sig] The fate of raw_input() in Python 3000

Arthur ajsiegel at optonline.net
Thu Sep 14 16:57:36 CEST 2006

John Zelle wrote:

>I _think_ I'm all for this, but again I'm not sure I know exactly what you are 
>saying. If you are saying that students might get interested in programming 
>through exposure in math (or some other "domain") and then want to turn to CS 
>classes to learn more, that sounds like a good thing. But it's still curious 
>to me that the implied tone here is one of denigrating teaching introductory 
>programming in CS classes because it is "divorced from any domain" and then 
>at the same time suggesting the thing to do is teach programming in the 
>context of math. 
I have a hard time digesting being told by a CS professor that there is 
no special relationship between mathematics, algorithmics, and the roots 
of computer science.

Being told that by John Zelle I will try to think harder about it.  But 
I find it hard to even find a way to put this in the "maybe there is, 
maybe there isn't" category.


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