Python Basics

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Sat Oct 4 04:24:14 CEST 2014

On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM, Steven D'Aprano
<steve+comp.lang.python at> wrote:
> In fairness to Seymour, at this extremely basic level, it's really hard to
> explain to somebody how to solve a problem without giving them the answer.
> While I don't condone mindless parroting of work that others have done,
> remember that for tens of thousands of years, being shown how to do
> something, then imitating that, has been the most effective way for people
> to learn. Dropping hints is typically the least effective learning method.

Maybe. I'd still like to see the student's existing code before just
giving the answer. Providing code in response to the copy/pasted
problem definition invites the answer to be copy/pasted, which creates
the situation I described.


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