Programming language for children

marc gmane at
Tue Jun 16 18:52:04 UTC 2009

Karl F. Larsen said:

> The person who says you launch right into pointers is wrong. But
> pointers can be learned by Children if taught right.

By why bother these days? For the past twenty years or more we've had 
object references and that'll take you beyond the edge of the known 

The only place I've used pointers recently is to force PHP singletons 
into session objects. And that more of a frig because there isn't, to my 
knowledge, a sensible way of doing this. This is esoteric stuff that most 
folk could happily live without.

The amount of times I see folk trying to overlay their "pointer" thinking 
when trying to understand some languages has lead me to believe that 
early introduction to pointers can be a real handicap.


"Change requires small steps."

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