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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Sure, but some languages will facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge more than others. It's easier to learn about linked lists if I don't first have to wrap my head around pointers, memory allocation, memory leaks, dereferencing pointers, allocating on the stack vs. the heap, etc. Some languages do a better job than others of getting out of the way and letting you learn and use "algorithms, structures, coding techniques and so on."

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