I'm not aware of any research around this, but the Elm programming language
is doing a lot to improve error messages - it's still far from perfect, but
better than other compilers/interpreters I've used.
See http://elm-lang.org/blog/compiler-errors-for-humans for more info.
On 6 April 2016 at 07:04, Linda McIver <linda.mci...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks very much, awesome resources.
> On 6 April 2016 at 15:53, Richard A. O'Keefe <o...@cs.otago.ac.nz> wrote:
>> On 6/04/16 4:49 pm, Linda McIver wrote:
>> Finally, why Python? If your intention is to teach *data science*,
>> there is a case to be made for (shudder, nausea) Excel. The
>> R programming language is admittedly somewhat arcane, but
>> "R Commander" (http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Misc/Rcmdr/)
>> should be a lot easier for beginners to cope with.
>> I'm not saying that Python is *wrong*, especially not with NumPy,
>> SciPy, and so on available, just that it's not *obviously* the best
>> choice for teaching *data science*. (For teaching *programming*,
>> that's another question.)
> A couple of reasons. 1. It is widely used in real data science. 2. nice
> clean human-readable syntax (this is where R seems to hit the wall) 3. We
> will do some spreadsheet stuff, but they won't all have access to Excel,
> and I want them to learn some basic programming as well, in particular for
> data extraction/cleaning type tasks that rather stretch excel's
> capabilities. I know you can program macros to do most of this stuff, but
> hey presto we are suddenly teaching programming in a
> less-than-beginner-friendly syntax and system.
> The main thing is that I want to teach them real skills that they can
> continue to lose. I find this is crucial for motivation. Also I am
> astounded by how many of the scientists I collaborate with can't even begin
> to contemplate doing anything remotely like this. Even worse, many of them
> are outright frightened by computation. I teach at a science school. Most
> of the kids will go into science of some form or other. I want them to
> develop confidence with computing, and a basic understanding of data
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