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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Invincible Cow
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2006-06-24

Let's face it: it's more convenient to program in a language like Python than it is to program in Pascal. When people know a more convenient language, do you honestly expect them to learn a less convenient one? I surely don't, it would be evil.
So let's just pick the best of the compiled languages in the first place.

since once you've got an understanding of algorithms, it takes comparatively little time to adjust to a new programming language.
I know, learning a new procedural or OO language once you know another is really easy. But read what I said above: Will people learn less convenient languages when they know one that is easier to use? Not really.

I wonder how much programming you've done,I know Basic, Pascal, x86 assembly, PHP/HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and basic C, C# and Java. I've written my own basic compiler (no interpreter bottlenecks).

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