[CentOS] OT: programming language for morons (newbie friendly language in Open Source world)

Mon Dec 13 23:49:31 UTC 2010
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 12/13/2010 5:20 PM, Warren Young wrote:
>> Strictness is a *feature*.  Especially for someone who wants to
>> initially learn programming.
> The OP already tried that, with Java, and didn't like it.
> The argument's bogus anyway.  Many experienced programmers want to teach
> strictness from the start, apparently without considering how many of
> their peers started with a non-strict language.  BASIC, shell,
> JavaScript, PHP...classic beginner languages each, and probably all with
> bigger installed bases than any other interpreted language mentioned in
> this thread.  Dijkstra's assertion that such languages "...mentally
> mutilate [programmers] beyond hope of regeneration..." is disproven by
> decades of experience.

But more to the point, real world values don't fit theoretical static 
typing concepts.  If you are interacting with humans or things humans 
read and type, you might as well let a language with dynamic typing deal 
with it for you (but dynamic vs. static isn't really the same as strict 
vs. weak anyway).

> I'm assuming you don't wish to argue that the vast majority of
> programmers working today are mental cripples.

I doubt if there are a lot that can simultaneously think in procedural 
and object concepts, though.  Someone who learns that code and data are 
different things and that data is not to be trusted will have a hard 
time dealing with objects where the only way to access data is to 
execute code associated with it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com