Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language

Devin Jeanpierre jeanpierreda at gmail.com
Wed Dec 11 09:34:10 CET 2013


On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us> wrote:
> Doesn't sound like they do, as that's causing plenty of problems.  In
> today's world that level of knowledge isn't always necessary, especially if
> your degree is not in CS.  One of the (many) nice things about Python is one
> doesn't need to know that stuff to Get Things Done.

You don't need to know how to use the brakes to drive to Wal-Mart,
either. "Get Things Done" is not the one and only goal. It ignores
productivity, correctness, ethics... It isn't a bad thing to learn
things that are unnecessary to get the bare minimum accomplished.

-- Devin



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