python in academics?

Bruno Desthuilliers bdesth.quelquechose at
Tue Oct 30 20:55:48 CET 2007

kyosohma at a écrit :
> On Oct 29, 10:39 pm, sandipm <sandip.m... at> wrote:
>>seeing posts from students on group. I am curious to know, Do they
>>teach python in academic courses in universities?
>>in undergrad comp science courses,  We had scheme language as scheme
>>is neat and beautiful language to learn programming. We learnt other
>>languages ourselve with basics set right by scheme..
> They didn't at either of the colleges I went to. They seemed to be
> focused on C++, COBOL and Visual Basic. All are used all over the
> place, but only Visual Basic is easy for complete newbs.

And alas one of the worst languages for a beginner - because you'll 
probably need years to unlearn it.

> I hope more
> colleges adopt Python or Ruby as a teaching language, but I don't
> think it's a good idea to ignore COBOL or C++ since their used so
> extensively in big business.

being widely used doesn't imply being a good language for teaching CS 
(nor even being a good language for anything).

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