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- Subject: Re: Beginner to programming. References to understand terms.
- From: steve donovan <steve.j.donovan@...>
- Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:25:38 +0200
On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 9:54 AM, Enrico Colombini <email@example.com> wrote:
> Definitely. I would replace C++ with C, to keep all underlying concepts in
> plain view with no behind-the-scene magic.
Andrei Alexandrescu made this classic comment on Reddit
"In my opinion C++ is a language for experts and experts only [...] It
has enough pitfalls in virtually all of its core constructs to make
its use by benevolent amateurs virtually impossible except for the
most trivial applications."
(I like that word 'benevolent' ;))
I _used_ to think otherwise, even did a C++ interpreter (UnderC)
because I wanted to teach C++ "conversationally". That came out as the
Que book "C++ by Example" - unfortunately it was a series so they
couldn't use my original "Conversational C++" title.
The basic idea is that people learn languages best in an immersive
conversational context, stretching the artificial/natural language
correspondence a little. Well, it turns out that _some_ people learn
programming better than way.
With C, what you see is what you get; your foot is always clearly in
your gun sights.
And a very suitable partner for Lua, of course!