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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:12 pm 
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Python is booming, and now it looks to be taking over the classroom too.

http://www.itworld.com/software/426242/ ... g-language

I'm not a huge fan of Java, but at least the syntax is similar to other languages, making moving on easier. Not something that can be said for Python.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 2:10 am 
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I've always wondered if it would be better to teach Python instead of Java in programming 101 courses. I learned programming through JavaScript, which I've always loved, and I think that not having to mess with types for at least a little bit was really nice. On the other hand, I think JavaScript's syntax is probably closer to C's (and therefore a lot of other programming languages') than Python's is, as you pointed out.

That being said, I think that for most people the first language that they learn always has a special place in their hearts, and since I'm not a huge fan of Python in general, it kind of kills me to have it be so many people's introduction to programming XD Of course, that's just IMHO; not trying to start a flame war :)


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