[ubuntu-za] [Petition to National Department of Basic Education] Re-evaluate the implementation plan for standardising to Delphi over Java

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 10:26:22 UTC 2013

Those lists look like excellent motivation to change course for the DBE.

On 4 November 2013 12:05, Peter Nel <fourdots at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
>> We need to specify a single alternative to Delphi or Java
>> So far there has been more than 10 alternatives, from C to lazarus to
>> Python, this will only confuse the DBE guys and gals even more
>> We need to select 1 ( and I mean 1 alternative ), don't confuse the DBE
>> even more
>> The alternative must be :
>>      Free as in Freedom, not only free as in cost
>>      cross platform ( inparticular Linux, MS Windows, and OSX )
>>      Easy to learn ( as most IT teachers have to learn it before they
>> teach the Learners )
>>      Need, Docs that are freely available
>> So you programming guys and gals, select one alternative, and lets put
>> that forward to them
>> Lets make the DBE not have to think, or be swayed by someone else
>> William
> Is there a reason Java is not viable? I understand some people think of it
> as difficult, but most free IDEs like Netbeans and Eclipse generate the
> boilerplate classes and files, so students can just start coding. And it's
> easier and safer than C (currently top) or C++.
> Have a look at these programming language ranking sites that also track
> popularity over some time. Java is consistently near 1 and
> Delphi consistently very low on the list, sometimes not even on the list.
> http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html
> http://langpop.com/
> Another thing that seems to me would be an incentive for kids is that Java
> can run on mobiles and tablets. Writing games or toy apps that kids can
> bring to school and show or share with friends on their phones.
> Peter Nel
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