Do any of you recommend Python as a first programming language?

Ben C spamspam at spam.eggs
Sun Mar 23 11:38:07 CET 2008


On 2008-03-22, bsoist <soistmann at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mar 22, 12:40 pm, jmDesktop <needin4mat... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> For students 9th - 12th grade, with at least Algebra I.  Do you think
>> Python is a good first programming language for someone with zero
>> programming experience?  Using Linux and Python for first exposure to
>> programming languages and principles.
>>
>> Thank you.
>
> Absolutely. I love using Python in "the real world" but it is
> fantastic for beginning programmers.
>
> Python enforces good habits and presents many opportunities to discuss
> programming from an academic perspective. Why does Python not have a
> switch or until statement?

Why doesn't it?

> Why are very common objects (stack, queue,
> linked list) not builtin? etc.

I think I know this one: you just use builtin lists to do stacks, queues
and, er, lists.



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