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general purpose developer


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accepted Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
@YannisRizos Now a little bit more seriously, I am totally biased against those languages because I cannot see any beauty in them; nor how they improve the previous state of the art... Some day I will write a full length rant.
Dec
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
@YannisRizos Maybe I wasn't clear enough when I said clean and simple. Although it is something quite subjective, it can be measured to a certain extent by the length of the language specification... Oh, those languages don't even have one!
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
@YannisRizos and what if that nickname wasn't chosen but given? Anyway, Fortran was a huge leap forward in its time because the only other way to program was assembly, in the other hand PHP and Ruby are simply disgusting when compared with languages that predate them like Scheme, Python, Lua or even the infamous Perl.
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
@Rig I already programmed in C# some projects at the university, but I won't mind to get more experience with the .NET platform... Maybe F# could be a better candidate (as I know some ML); but I'm a little bit concerned about Linux support (with Mono).
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
thanks for sharing the experience :-)
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
Sorry to disagree. Ruby is one of the worst languages I've ever seen; it seems that the only design goal was to pack as many "cool features" as possible (so I don't see it any good for teaching). About PHP, it is more or less the same crap but without the cool features.
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
@KarlBielefeldt it is long forgotten now and I have no real interest in refreshing it ;-) (as with Pascal, TCL, BASIC and a few others)
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
I think I'd be more understanding and patient about having to repeat things if I have doubts myself...
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comment Is it sensible to teach programming with a language I don't know myself (yet)?
Not very good, patience is not among my strong points xD
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