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- Subject: Re: Beginner to programming. References to understand terms.
- From: steve donovan <steve.j.donovan@...>
- Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:44:48 +0200
On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 8:39 AM, Bill Kelsoe <email@example.com> wrote:
> Array (and associative type)
> Calls(Function Calls)
> Data structure
Yes, this is the basic vocabulary of programming language concepts.
It's surprisingly hard for a non-beginner to remember their original
difficulties (often called the 'expert problem').
I did a few searches and this material is scattered all over the
place. Often the introductions make the mistake of illustrating
concepts with a whole bunch of programming languages, which is
confusing. Hitting Wikipedia all the time can be frustrating.
There's definitely a need for some introductory material here that
defines these terms informally, illustrated with Lua.
For instance, it is a little strange at first that we 'call' a
function and 'pass' it 'arguments'.