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- Subject: Re: Suitability of Lua as a First Programming Language?
- From: Tony Finch <dot@...>
- Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 12:27:28 +0100
On Tue, 22 Sep 2009, steve donovan wrote:
> But the question du jour is more whether Lua can be used as a good
> introduction to programming, not necessarily as a 'trade skill'.
I think a first language needs quite a lot of batteries included, so that
the teacher can provide fun motivating exercises. Graphics, sound,
networking, hooks into the OS and/or apps (like AppleScript), etc.
As a bare programming language I think Lua is great for teaching, but it
needs a load of addons to provide a fun environment. What I would like is
something a bit like BBC BASIC on the Master (i.e. with a full-screen
editor as well as old-school line-by-line input).
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