HELP! Must choose language!
tdelaney at avaya.com
Mon Jan 6 05:12:36 CET 2003
> From: Grant Edwards [mailto:grante at visi.com]
> That would be an interesting approach. I think everybody should learn
> PDP-11 assembly and look at the instruction set at the
> machine level. It
> was a beautiful design.
The Nova 2 (also a descendent of the PDP-8) was a much nicer design than the
PDP-11. Very consistent.
> > I'm even hoping to teach a class that way...
> I wonder if you could find a PDP-11 simulator and assembler
I wrote as a group final-year uni project some time ago a Nova 2 simulator
called "Satori" (named after "Nova Satori" in Robotech: The Robotech Masters
;) I even wrote an assembler for it.
Front panel with usable switches, teletype, tape reader and puncher, the
works. Fun stuff. Written in C on the Mac.
My recommendation for a high-schooler wishing to learn programming is to
definitely go with Python. Even if you never use the language later in life
(which I doubt) it is an excellent language for learning many of the
important concepts and disciplines required in programming. It is also a
language which you can grow with as you learn other languages and see how to
apply different concepts. In particular, I often prototype things in Python
as a way to gather my thoughts before sitting down and properly designing
something, independent of which language the final product will be written
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