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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Perl is definitly an option.
by judgen on Wed 11th Apr 2007 17:36 UTC
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The reason many universities focus on java is one simple and logical one, Java sells. If you want a job atm the most "asked for" programming expertise is java. Also look at sourceforge and see that java is also the largest language in terms of projects and lines of code. Wich is also an indicator of what other people use, and will pay for. Though Im not saying java is a very good introductory language, just that i think i understand why it is teached as such. *demand* Indeed a very interesting article with many valid points. ++

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