Python for non-programmers

Dennis Lee Bieber wlfraed at ix.netcom.com
Thu Mar 2 05:41:23 CET 2000


On Wed, 01 Mar 2000 23:11:28 GMT, thantos at chancel.org (Alexander
Williams) declaimed the following in comp.lang.python:

> Gentlemen, there is a /reason/ that Introduction to Computing 101 and
> Basics of Programming 102 take half a year to introduce together, and
> its not just because of the quarter system in the local college.  Many
> people need that much time to pick up the lexicon and assumptive web
> of associations that we, as programmers, make use of every single
> day.  Like any other field with its own symbology and culture, it
> takes time to get the grounding in the true basics.
>
	And, naturally, Python then goes and turns around one of the
main concepts of the old Intro classes... That variable names map to
fixed addresses...

	A = B + 3
Intro=> find the box at address B, copy the contents into a
register/accumulator, add 3 to it, then find the box at address A and
replace the contents with the stuff in the register.

Python=>find the box with the "B" post-it note stuck to the front,
create a copy of the contents in some empty box, add three to the
contents of the (formerly) empty box, create a post-it note with "A" on
it, and stick the post-it note to the box

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