Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 01:47:28 CET 2013

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 7:35:47 PM UTC-6, Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:

> NAILS???? Nails were verboten in my high school wood
> working class... We used dowels and glue; chisels to carve
> dove-tails; etc.

That could be a result of two possibilities:

    1. Your high school years were before the great war, or:
    2. Your wood shop teacher was a Luddite, a sadist, or both!
FYI: Fastener technology has come a long way since the fall
of the of the "Amish empire". All that laborious joinery has
been surpassed by mass production of helical threads and
pneumatic drivers. What once took a "master craftsman" an
entire day to build could now be built by a novice in mere

  Dovetails are nothing more than sadistic nostalgia --
  they give old men a "chubby" and young men a nightmare.
When are we going to realize that the goal, *ahem*, OUR
GOAL, is to delegate minutiae DOWNWARDS, building the
collective knowledge base layer by layer...


Because, when you've got all your mental focus attuned to
carving intricate inter-meshing teeth into dense hardwoods
using razor sharp hand tools, you will be unable to see the
big picture, and furthermore, you might slip and cut your
finger off!

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