I appreciate that comparison and I agree in general. But it would also depends 
on the informatics program goals. That is, if it is more computing science, 
more engineering, more IS, and so on.

Possibly, it is because of such a lack of agreement about an alternative first 
language that Java is still being used as a first language in so many 
informatics programs. So, we will continue to be ruled by a minority (if it is 
a minority). :-)


On Jun 13, 2011, at 3:47 AM, Peter Gutmann wrote:

> "Richard O'Keefe" <o...@cs.otago.ac.nz> writes:
>> Well in that case, perhaps the language to start with should be Haskell...
> Teaching programming by starting people on Haskell is like teaching ESOL
> (English for non-English speakers) by starting them on Klingon [0].
> Peter.
> [0] For those unfamiliar with it, it's been specifically designed to be unlike
>   any other language spoken on earth.
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