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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To be honest
by fretinator on Wed 11th Apr 2007 17:40 UTC
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I don't think it matters that much. What matters is that people are taught good programming practices. These can be taught with C, C++, Java, QBasic, Ruby, etc. Learn to encapsulate behaviour in functions. Learn to stop passing information by side effect (global variables). Learn to plan out your code and not "think with your fingers". Learn efficient coding. Learn to format your code well with indentation. Learn to name things well. Learn to comment you code sufficiently.

All of those things can be done in any language, and are far more important than than the language used.

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