Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2007 16:35 UTC, submitted by ShlomiFish
General Development "What makes programming languages are suitable or unsuitable as introductory languages? Which languages are better learnt first and at which order? And why what the masses think is the most suitable introductory programming language is not in fact that. This paper examines several approaches to which programming language is the best, and afterwards gives several useful relations for which languages should come first. Finally it gives a final verdict, defends it and then gives some other good food for thought."
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RE: What do we want them to learn?
by bthylafh on Wed 11th Apr 2007 19:07 UTC in reply to "What do we want them to learn?"
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This is for *beginners*, so the objective is to get them thinking like programmers. The fact that Python's slower than a compiled language is irrelevant for this use.

I wonder how much programming you've done, since once you've got an understanding of algorithms, it takes comparatively little time to adjust to a new programming language.

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