Python advocacy . HELP!

Sells, Fred fred.sells at
Thu Dec 25 05:24:35 CET 2008

Prof. Kanabar  ( is planning to offer a python course
there soon.  Perhaps he could help.  Tell him you got his name from me
(Fred Sells).

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Michael_D_G
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> Subject: Python advocacy . HELP!
> I am a faculty member of a cs department. We currently teach C++ in
> our intro to programming course. I am teaching this class and it seems
> to me that we would be much better served teaching python in the intro
> course, C++ for Data structures, as we do now, and Java in object
> oriented programming, as we do now.
> Some of my colleagues agree with me but some still see python as a
> niche language and don't understand
> how we could teach anything beyond C, C++ or Java.
> I have looked at several interesting academic papers, on doing just
> this approach. I have also looked through the
> python web page to get examples of industry players using python in a
> non-trivial way. Yes, I know, Google,
> Microsoft, Sun, CIA website running on Plone, NOAA, NASA. If anyone
> has any recent articles,
> or if anyone on the list is at a fortune 500 company, how do I refute
> the notion that Python
> is a "marginal" language because according to TOBIE it only less than
> a  6% market share.
> -michael
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