Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language

Mark Lawrence breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Dec 17 02:25:25 CET 2013

On 17/12/2013 01:06, Roy Smith wrote:
> In article <b64dd8cc-a7b5-47d2-9fe6-d2bd6e432205 at googlegroups.com>,
>   Rick Johnson <rantingrickjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>    Dovetails are nothing more than sadistic nostalgia --
>>    they give old men a "chubby" and young men a nightmare.
> There is nothing more satisfying than cutting a set of dovetails by hand
> and having them glide together like silk, the first time you test-fit
> them, with no daylight visible anywhere.
> Someday, mine will be like that :-)

I suspect that your manual skills are rather better than mine.  One of 
my favourite expressions, perhaps because I only ever heard my dad use 
it, is "like watching a cow handle a shotgun".

My fellow Pythonistas, ask not what our language can do for you, ask 
what you can do for our language.

Mark Lawrence

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