I'm not clear on the full shape of your problem, Linda. What will the
programs be used for, for instance?  Are you using programming as a means
of analysing data?

Working through a more thorough description may help you, even if the
emails on this list do not.

Best,
Huw

On 6 April 2016 at 00:18, Linda McIver <linda.mci...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello PPIGers,
>
> I am trying to design a data science course for year 10 students that will
> be taught to, and in some cases *by* beginners. We'll be using Python both
> for its data science credentials and its user friendliness, but the error
> messages are a big barrier to success. Students hit one incomprehensible
> error message and run screaming in the opposite direction.
>
> I recall some research on error messages and their user friendliness, but
> I still can't find any interpreters with beginner friendly error messages,
> which surprises me.
>
> Am I missing something? Is there a treasure trove somewhere? If not, is
> there at least some solid research on which we could base the design of a
> beginner friendly Python interpreter?
>
> Any and all clues gratefully received.
>
> Linda
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