Programming language for children
gmane at auxbuss.com
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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