Where do they tech Python officialy ?

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at wtf.websiteburo.oops.com
Tue Jul 31 10:33:07 CEST 2007

Star a écrit :
> MIT's freshman survey, EECS 1 is taught in Python and Scheme, soon to be 
> just Python.

they should keep scheme or replace it with another (statically typed ?) 
functional language IMHO.

please do the world (or at least usenet and mailing lists users) a 
favour : learn to answer properly !-)

1/ don't top-post
2/ only keep from the post you're answering waht you're answering to
3/ if possible, answer to the right post (given the content of your 
post, you should have answered to the OP, not to me)

Sorry to be the annoying dude here...

> -Star
> On Wed, 25 Jul 2007, Bruno Desthuilliers wrote:
>> Omari Norman a écrit :
>>> On Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 10:48:10PM -0700, Paul Rubin wrote:
>>>> If you're having trouble with Python because you're new at
>>>> programming, I can sympathize--I don't think it's the most
>>>> beginner-friendly of languages despite the efforts in that direction
>>>> by the designers.
>>> Just curious--what language would you recommend as most
>>> beginner-friendly?
>> C ?-)
>> (sorry, just kidding.)
>>> My previous programming experience was with BASIC--and I think it is
>>> true that BASIC will, in many ways, rot your brain.
>> So will Java.
>> I learned programming with Hypertalk (MacIntosh's Hypercard scripting
>> language, which more or less gave birth to AppleTalk), then RealBasic
>> (Mac's Better VB-like), then VB, then Java, then C, then bits of Pascal,
>> then Python, and this is where I started to see the light. But I had
>> hard time unlearning all those java-ish anal-retentive stupidities and
>> arbitrary overcomplexifications before I really enjoyed Python. Playing
>> with Lisp (Common Lisp and Scheme) and Smalltalk helped getting rid of
>> mental pollution wrt/ declarative static typing. To be honest, playing
>> with Haskell and O'Caml also helped me understanding that static typing
>> is not necessarily bad by itself.
>>> I had used QBasic
>>> and, later, a little VBA and some PHP. It took some time to unlearn some
>>> bad things (object orientation in VBA seems to be mostly a hack, for
>>> example, while PHP seems to be a big hack generally)
>> Well... this is not exactly a scoop !-)
>>> but it seems to me
>>> that Python helped me learn my first modern programming language.
>>>> I think Python is not used in university programs very much.  Look for
>>>> one that uses SICP (Scheme) or CTM (Mozart/Oz) or a functional
>>>> language like Haskell, in preference to the ones that use Java (the
>>>> Cobol of the 1990's).  With some reasonable experience in Scheme or
>>>> Mozart or Haskell, plus a Python manual, you'll be well on your way.
>>> I had heard of these languages, but learning them is a bit discouraging
>>> because (Java excepted) they don't seem to get much practical use.
>> Before considering practical use (FWIW, Python was pretty far from
>> mainstream 7 year ago), you should ask yourself how learning one of
>> these languages will affect the way you thing about programming. While
>> mostly in the imperative/OO camp, Python stole quite a lot from
>> functional languages, and this is obviously a GoodThing(tm).
>> My 2 cents
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