Had Phyton suggested
paul at prescod.net
Sun Feb 8 20:43:55 CET 2004
Steve Horsley wrote:
> At the risk of making a lot of python fans angry, I would also suggest
> that you look at java. This IS a compiled language (although ironically,
> the compiled bytecode is interpreted).
Python and Java both compile to byte-code. The only difference is that
Python does it automatically whereas Java requires you to compile manually.
I suggest this for a few reasons:
> * You cannot really avoid thinking in an object-oriented way when
> writing java. I suspect that python will allow you to develop some very
> nasyt habits.
I disagree that the opposite of object orientation is "nasty habits."
Forcing every problem into an object oriented paradigm is itself a nasty
(and ultimately confusing) habit.
> * The java tutorial is massive, and has loads of examples.
Is it more massive than these:
And this one is specifically about game programming:
> * I have not seen anything like BlueJ for python. BlueJ is an excellent
> beginners IDE with editor, debugger, and a UML-like diagram that shows
> how your classes interconnect.
I haven't tried BlueJ so I can't compare but I don't think an IDE could
make up for Java's flaws as a learning language. "Hello world" in Java
is 7 lines compared to 1 in Python. The Python version has just two
concepts: printing and strings. The Java version brings in three
keywords (class, public, static) a module, an object, a function, two
> Better, learn a little of both languages.
Can't disagree with that. Learn Python. Learn Pygame. Write your game.
Then learn Java to have something good to put on your resume.
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