Experiences/guidance on teaching Python as a first programming language
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Thu Dec 19 02:49:10 CET 2013
In article <mailman.4372.1387390692.18130.python-list at python.org>,
Mark Lawrence <breamoreboy at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> I've never contemplated writing a compiler, let alone actually written
> one. It's like the comments along the lines of "you can't call yourself
> a programmer until you've mastered regular expressions".
Who makes comments like that? As far as I can tell, I'm the resident
regexphile on this newsgroup, and I certainly don't say that.
I find it frustrating that Pythonistas shy away from regex as much as
they do. Yes, Python strings have a rich set of built-in operations
which provide easy ways to do a lot of things traditionally done with
regexes in other languages.
Regex is a powerful tool, and programmers will improve their skill set
by knowing how to use them. But that's not the same as saying you can't
be a programmer if you don't know regex.
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