scripting languages

Michael Torrie torriem at
Mon Nov 8 14:53:41 MST 2010

On 11/08/2010 02:47 PM, Charles Curley wrote:
> On Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:00:46 -0700
> Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
>> I definitely would have no qualms about teaching a child to program in
>> FreeBASIC or even FreePascal, and later have them learn C or Java.
>> Then again, Python would be an even better choice for teaching.
> Nah, start them out right. PDP 11 assembler.

That reminds me that we had students flipping switches in CS 143 when I
was TA, to load programs.  It was a real efficiency booster when the
simulator was modified so that the load switch also advanced the memory
counter.  Funny how progress works.

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