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Re: [K12OSN] Kids and programming

Perl is widley used, and undeniably entrenched - My chief problem with
it is their motto.  "There's More Than One Way to Do It."   I don't want
to start a war either - especially on this touchy subjects - but I would
cast a vote towards Python for a number of reasons.

  It encourages good coding habits, and a more uniform approach to
creating code.  It's has some decent building tools. You can write
object oriented, or not, and mix OO with C-Like code.  It has the
ability to [quite easily] link with C code to make much more interesting
projects.  [Mind you, not that Perl is difficult.]  It has a cool
X-Platform GUI [wxPython (using wxWindows)] that is adaptable and fast. 
And last, but not least, you cantake a peice of code that someone else
wrote, and read it. 


p.s.  My spellcheck is hosed right now, so sorry about the misspellings.

On Mon, 2002-11-11 at 12:08, Yan Seiner wrote:
> On Po, 2002-11-11 at 11:09, jeffr odeon net wrote:
> > 
> > Not to start a Perl vs. Python debate, but have you considered Python?
> Well, I know perl and I don't know python...  But I can always learn.
> I just want to give the kids a good intro into two separate types of
> languages - a rigorous, rigid, no safety net, number cruncher, etc. like
> C, and a touchie-feelie, lose format, make lots of assumptions, great
> safety net, etc. like perl.  (Not to offend anyone :-))
> I figure in this world, you need both.  I like to use C as a starter,
> because it teaches kids to think about bounds checking, buffers, memory,
> pointers, etc.  Then, you can move on to a kindler, gentler language
> like perl (or maybe python?) and really do some cool stuff in a short
> time.
> --Yan
Joshua Schmidlkofer <menion asylumwear com>

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