New to programming
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Mon May 21 17:55:19 CEST 2001
I'm learning to program and in my enthusiasm rushed out and bought Visual
C++ and a beginners guide. Its OK but I've read several articles warning
that C and C++ are poor first languages. Python is widely commented on as
an ideal first language.
So I've downloaded Python and a tutorial called "How to think like a
computer scientist by Allen B. Downey and Jeffrey Elkner"
So far so good. "Hello World" is a lot more compact in Python than in C++.
Without starting an advocacy thread, why is Python so well spoken of as a
first language? Obviously knowing what makes it good makes learning it even
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