Learning to Program

Jonathan Duncan jonathan at bluesunhosting.com
Mon Nov 8 18:12:20 MST 2010

On 08 Nov 2010, at 17:36, Michael Torrie wrote:

> On 11/08/2010 05:18 PM, Jonathan Duncan wrote:
>> That is a good list, which also reminds me that I was going to pick
>> one to put my eight year old on.  Probably one that I also have not
>> learned yet so that we can learn it together.  Lisp could be fun to
>> look at again, I have always wanted to get more into TCL, Ruby sounds
>> interesting.  Any suggestions for a very first language for a child?
>> Maybe I will just drop C on him.
> When I was very young (single digits) I learned Logo.  It was fun
> because it was so interactive.  Logo may yet still be useful for a
> learning language.  Python even has a turtle you can import that brings
> some logo-like functionality to python.  Certainly Python isn't that
> hard for kids either (google snake wrangling for kids).
> Basically any language that has simple I/O (ie print and input of some
> kind, no java-style object stuff), I think kids could really get into.
> QuickBASIC was quite ideal for this back in the day because the IDE was
> quite nice for the day and very interactive.

Ah yes, I remember Logo back in Jr. High School.  Good times.  Thanks for the Python turtle idea.  I will look into that.

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