Feedback wanted on programming introduction (Python in Windows)

tm thomas.mertes at
Wed Oct 28 09:32:32 CET 2009

On 28 Okt., 07:52, "Alf P. Steinbach" <al... at> wrote:
> [Cross-posted comp.programming and comp.lang.python]

Looking at your topic '(Python in Windows)', without taking a
glimpse at your actual introduction, I have the following to say:
I think it is not a good idea to teach programming with a focus
on a specific operating system. Programming should IMHO be taught
without reference to an operating system. Otherwise you just teach
how to write unportable programs.

> Hi.
> I may finally have found the perfect language for a practically oriented
> introductory book on programming, namely Python.

What is considered 'perfect' depends on the point of view. Languages
have assets and drawbacks and I don't even use the term 'perfect'
for my own language. :-) There is always room to improve. Some of
the features I consider important are discussed here:

> C++ was way too complex for the novice, JScript and C# suffered from too
> fast-changing specifications and runtime environment, Java, well, nothing
> particularly wrong but it's sort of too large and unwieldy and inefficient.

While many people consider Java inefficient they do so in comparison
to C/C++. I doubt that Java is inefficient compared to most
interpreted languages.

> I don't know whether this will ever become an actual book. I hope so!
> But since I don't know much Python -- I'm *learning* Python as I write

Normally I prefer books written by people who already know the
stuff they are writing about. I would consider that it is not a good
selling argument when a book was written to *learn* a language. :-)

Greetings Thomas Mertes

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