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 you want to be a programmer or...
by dagw on Wed 11th Apr 2007 21:13 UTC
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just learn how to program? There is a significant difference between the two. Is your ambition is to eventually have job with the word programmer or developer in the title or do just want to make your current job slightly easier with some excel macros, or perhaps learn how to do simple things with MAXscript in 3D Studio?

Most programmers have a hard time grasping that most people who want to learn to program to want to become programmers. If you're an architect you're may very well be best off learning AutoCADs scripting language, if you're a 3d animator you should probably learn Mayas mel scripting language. If most of your work day is spent in excel, then learn to write excel macros.

Basically people will take to programming much easier when they see direct uses of what they learn to simplify their current daily job.

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