[ubuntu-za] Sa computer olympiad

ewaldhorn at gmail.com ewaldhorn at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 16:52:23 BST 2009

Yes yes yes, I didn't mean to knock Python, I just wanted to say that there is a need for more IT students and that it serves as a good gateway to more difficult languages. It is easier to code in and allows one to focus on logic and problem solving instead of the OOP concept first, like in Java. I don't see Linux kernel or iPhone development done in it, but it will certainly appeal to particular sectors and diversity in IT skills is lacking in general. 

The most important thing is not WHICH language we use, but what skills we develop in the youth. We should encourage the use of the correct tool for the job and not try to fit each job to our tool of choice.


------Original Message------
From: Jan Groenewald
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To: Ubuntu South African Local Community
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Subject: Re: [ubuntu-za] Sa computer olympiad
Sent: 30 Sep 2009 17:40


On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 05:37:30PM +0200, Jonathan Hitchcock wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:14 PM, Ewald Horn <ewaldhorn at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Once past that, and
> > interested in more challenges, students can easily be "migrated" to
> > OOP languages like C++ and Java, having basic knowledge of program
> > structure and flow.
> You know that Python is an OOP language too?   And actually has some
> modern, advanced constructs and features that C++ and Java can't
> handle (such as metaclasses and closures)?

I agree. Just because it is an excellent teaching language, doesn't
mean it isn't also excellent for desktop applications and science applications.
In addition it is an excellent "glue" for existing code in many other languages.


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