michael.g.abbott at ntlworld.com
Wed Jul 25 09:34:47 EDT 2001
Peter Hansen <peter at engcorp.com> wrote in
news:3B5E1E79.A5C8CEF6 at engcorp.com:
> Michael Abbott wrote:
> You've forgotten the *one* type of programming which appeared
> (at least to me) to be the inspiration for this in the first place:
> 4. Newbie programs
Mmm. True. However, a point that was made earlier (which I think you're
agreeing with) was that the real future of Python rests on its professional
I'm all in sympathy with helping the beginning programmer, but to be
honest I think there are only two sensible options:
1. Let beginners start with a simplified language. My fourth programming
language (after some weird version of BASIC on data entry sheets, FORTRAN
and BCPL) was ALGOLW, which can only be described as crippled, and Pascal
was written with a similar intent. These are quite good teaching
2. Let beginners fight with a real language. Depends on who they are and
what help they can get.
I'm not a great fan of dumbing down a real language to help beginners
(unless it's a run-time option, which in reality is switching on option 1).
This little diatribe is really aimed against the case folding proposal.
Of course, I'm not a teacher, I'm paid for writing software, so this may
affect my opinions :^)
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