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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If I write a complicated program in a scripting language, I spend most of my time trying to find the typo in the variable name. Compilers make learning how to program MUCH easier.

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"I spend most of my time trying to find the typo in the variable name."
You do?
Then you obviously didn't write Perl, where 'use strict;' will force you to declare variables before using them. I usually use an environment that'll help me with the variables, like eclipse/pydev. Sure, it's a little less helpful than for Java due to the dynamic nature of Python, but it'll find most things for me.

I too struggle with writing complicated things in what some people call "scripting languages", but the difficult ones are bash/awk and the likes, not the dynamically typed languages like Perl/Python/Ruby. Misspelled variable names are very rarely a problem in those.
But that might just be me.

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