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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Problems with using Perl
by JoeBuck on Wed 11th Apr 2007 17:50 UTC
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If you're an instructor, you don't want to have your students use Perl if you hope to be able to grade their assignments. You'll have to figure out what the hell they are writing, and while a good Perl programmer can write elegant, maintainable Perl, it too easily degrades into line noise.

I think Python is probably a better choice, even though I'm more familiar with Perl than with Python.

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