Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language

Rhodri James rhodri at wildebst.demon.co.uk
Tue Dec 10 01:00:29 CET 2013


On Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:42:14 -0000, Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:

> In article <op.w7umbykna8ncjz at gnudebeest>,
>  "Rhodri James" <rhodri at wildebst.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> Pascal and BCPL contrasted rigid typing with practically non-existent
>> typing
>
> Wow, you actually used BCPL?  I didn't realize the language ever had any
> real use.  I had only ever heard of it in the context of being a C
> precursor, mentioned once in an introduction of a paper and never heard
> from again.

It probably wasn't an accident that Martin Richards was the lecturer :-)   
Seriously, though, it was an excellent teaching language, and a slightly  
bastardized version of the compiler was readily available on the communal  
BBC Micros.

-- 
Rhodri James *-* Wildebeest Herder to the Masses



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