[Fsf Education] Programming Languages
30 Oct 2002 23:26:16 -0500
|| On Wed, 30 Oct 2002 20:16:31 +0530
|| Raju Mathur <email@example.com> wrote:
rm> I'd say Python. Even though I personally prefer Perl for my own
rm> programming, I appreciate that it takes some getting used to. Python
The original topic was "Which language should students on Kerala learn" ?
Arun, hope you did not miss out any other word from this, which can quite
alter the topic. The word is "first". :-)
First of all, I don't think learning (one) "language" as a recipe for every
programming problem is a nice idea. People program computers (which itself has
a vague definition now a days) for different purposes. I do signal processing
using computers (which does not include any form of input from humans). Using
Perl or Python or Lisp for that purpose is ridiculous. We are talking about
micro-seconds of processing times. The average amount of "high level language"
(which sadly include C and only C most of the time) in the sort of programs
we do is roughly 5% (in terms of program memory, and number of instructions
..yes we talk of program memory and *not* number of lines).
Yes, school students of Kerala do not to Signal Processing, but I was just
trying to give an example that learning and using "one programming language"
as a recipe for all problems is a plain bad idea.
So may be you might want to re-phrase the original post.
rm> is easy to learn and brings out OO concepts in a nice fashion. It
rm> still uses whitespace as syntax, but one can't have everything :-)
OO concepts ?? For school students of Kerala (assuming students implies school
students) ?? What more are they supposed to learn ?
Let's first list the requirements first and then debate the rest. Again, the
phrase in the original post is a bit vague...
I believe, one should use different language for different purposes. There is
no one stop programming language for any given problem. That's the reason
why we have so many languages + some cracks decided to remove brackets and
decided to use white spaces instead and thus enforce the use of an intelligent
rm> The students can move to Perl once they have some experience under
rm> their belts and are ready for a language that Takes Off Its Shirt and
rm> Gets To Work ;-)
And make everyone's life difficult by writing write-only programs, use same
variables in all possible name spaces and do all sort of funky stuff.
They will all end up as bad programmers in their later life... :-)
Ramakrishnan M (http://www.hackGNU.org/)
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