On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 01:36:53PM -0700, Brian E. Lavender wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 09:00:07AM +0800, Mark's tech help wrote:
> > On 9/12/2015 at 2:06 PM, "Wes Hardaker" <wjhns...@hardakers.net> wrote:
> > >I still use it?  Because it's wedged into my muscle memory and nothing
> > >else has shown me I need to move away from it to something better
> > >(unlike many other instances where I have moved to something better,
> > >such as bash, python, and emacs [/me ducks and runs for cover])
> > 
> > hmmr..  so let be sure on this-- you've moved *away* from these 3?  And 
> > here I've just taken a half-assed plunge into an online MIT course, 
> > "Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python" ..  (was a 
> > little distressed when Big Brother's own product, Chrome, was at the top of 
> > suggested browsers.. and of course the forums are full of Winblows 
> > boneheads.)  Anyways, I do recall having read negative viewpoints on Python 
> > from purist coders' perspectives..  would y'all suggest I just return to 
> > the K&R C of my school daze?  
> No. C is a nasty language.
> Use Eiffel instead!

I thought I was going to start a flame war. 

Hmm. I like Pascal myself, but I like Python too.  Bertrand Meyer
recently completed creation of a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) for
introducing programming.  There is much debate regarding what approach
to use to introduce programming.  We use C++ at American River College.
Although, you must take the pseudocode course before taking the structured
programming course in C++.


Brian Lavender

"There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to
make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other
way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies."

Professor C. A. R. Hoare
The 1980 Turing award lecture
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