[Tutor] Division

alan.gauld@bt.com alan.gauld@bt.com
Mon, 3 Dec 2001 13:23:20 -0000

> > As I'm starting to give a new course 'Introduction to
> > programming' in Jan 2002. It's for young students in the
> > age of 15/16. (Of course) I shall use Python.
> > I'd consider it an advantage not to confuse my students
> > in the beginning with the specialities the overlaoding of 
> > the division-operator (although I had to do so for several times
> > until now). But neither with the import from future
> > statement.

Just one point is that maybe for an education in programming 
they should use the old style division behaviour - its how 
the vast majority of programming languages work and is a 
great way to seehow the computer is working under the covers.

If you want to use programming as part of another topic then 
use new division but if you want to teach programming 
principles stick to old style - its much more univesally 
applicable and infornative IMHO.

Alan G