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- Subject: Re: Suitability of Lua as a First Programming Language?
- From: Florian Weimer <fw@...>
- Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 18:43:57 +0000
* steve donovan:
> But the question du jour is more whether Lua can be used as a good
> introduction to programming, not necessarily as a 'trade skill'. In
> the same way, CS departments have variously used Pascal or Scheme for
> this purpose.
I think the main criterion is availability of introductory texts.
Without that, creating a course will be a lot of work. (I found
Programming in Lua an extremely inspiring read, but it's probably not
that helpful to absolute beginners.)
The language itself is fit for the purpose, I think. The syntax error
messages are not too bad, either (bad mesages can be very off-putting
when you're struggling with a programming language for the first
time). But the default, non-strict mode would be unnecessarily
confusing, I fear.