[Edu-sig] [edupython] Python in Education Advocacy Article

Michael Tobis mtobis at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 23:47:31 CEST 2007

On 3/27/07, Ivan Krstić <krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Michael Tobis wrote:

> So when I see code that reads about as easily on a Python list, I think
> it might be time to tell people to step back, take a deep breath, and
> remember there's a reason they're using Python -- and it's not reducing
> the LOC count ;)

While I think that is a bit harsh on my little hack, your point is
well taken. (And let me say that it is an honor and a pleasure to hear
from you!) However it's a little frustrating; you say "there's a
reason" but you leave me to guess what you think that reason might be.

I am looking for is people actually *articulating* what they like (and
dislike!) about Python, especially in an educational context.

(Am I asking people to do my homework for me? Well, yeah, sure. I am
not claiming to be the smartest person who has an interest in this
topic, and I am certainly not the most experienced, but I still want
to produce an article that moves the field forward a bit. The more
help I can get, the better.)

I see that:

"Ivan is a strong advocate of open source software and software libre.
He thinks Python may well be the greatest thing since sliced bread."

I agree about the sliced bread thing. I'd love to know why that is,
though, if you can spare a few minutes to try to articulate it.


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