Why python???

John Roth newsgroups at jhrothjr.com
Fri Sep 5 22:30:24 CEST 2003

"yeung_too" <yeung_too at yahoo.com.hk> wrote in message
news:3335321.1062775466 at dbforums.com...
> Dear all,
>     My college used C for beginner course and use Java to demostrate OO
>     concept. Anyway, I tried python and found that it is a very good
>     language. I think many people spend time on Java and university uses
>     Java because Sun Microsystem spends much money to promote and
>     develop the Java language. I just feel that our world spends most
>     time on promote things, rich company can promote computer language
>     very well. Open source without huge money support, people may
>     dislike their product. What do you think, But i really like open
>     source ideas, it improves our world, not just $$$.

There are a number of universities using Python as a first language.
It's got a lot to recommend it in that position, since it has a minimum
of unnecessary baggage and still has good OO capability and an
extensive enough library to get something done.

Then you can move to the other languages of real commercial interest
in subsequent courses.

It's also, of course, very useful in situations such as secondary schools
where you may want to teach programming, but the students aren't
thinking of becoming professional programmers.

John Roth
> an university student
> (reflect my feeling)
> --
> Daniel Chan
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