Which kid's beginners programming - Python or Forth?

Roy Smith roy at panix.com
Thu Jun 30 14:33:20 CEST 2005


Nick Craig-Wood <nick at craig-wood.com> wrote:
> In FORTH you don't generally use variables unless you really have to -
> that is what the stack is for

Exactly.  Every language has its natural way of doing things.  You can 
usually bludgeon a language into doing things some other way, and newcomers 
to a language usually try to do exactly that.  Eventually they catch on to 
the idioms.

Storing temporary values in variables in a stack language is like iterating 
through the items of a list in Python by incrementing an integer and using 
it as an index.



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