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

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sun Mar 23 05:29:50 CET 2008

On Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:11:51 -0700, sturlamolden wrote:

> On 22 Mar, 23:42, 7stud <bbxx789_0... at> wrote:
>> Beginning programmers in grades 9-12 are not going to understand issues
>> like that, and it would be a mistake to try and introduce them. 
>> Beginning programmers should be concentrating their efforts on learning
>> the syntax of a language and basic constructs like for-loops and if
>> statements.
> Yes. And because Python is a "scripting language" 

Python is a programming language. It can be used for scripting, but 
that's not all it can do. Describing it as a "scripting language" is like 
describing a fully-equipped professional kitchen as "a left-over warming 


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