[IAEP] Which Language?
Gary C Martin
gary at garycmartin.com
Sat Sep 26 00:33:09 EDT 2009
On 26 Sep 2009, at 05:00, Caryl Bigenho wrote:
> On Thursday, Ben wrote in the IAEP list:
> "My feeling is that the most important thing we can do in this area
> is to
> make it easy to write Activities that are intrinsically cross-
> To borrow a phrase, one way to do this is to choose languages, and
> interpreters, that are incapable of expressing platform dependencies."
> So I have a question for you folks. I am in discussion with a
> college CS prof who
> would like to teach beginning programming with XOs. He is interested
> in trying
> several different languages, but I am interested in pointing him
> toward the one
> that would result in the most universally usable Activities with the
> idea that
> his students would be able to write Activities as class projects
> that could then
> be widely distributed.
> It would be great if they would be, as Ben suggests, cross-platform.
> By that, I mean
> usable on the XO-1, XO-1.5, SoaS, live CD, etc. for PCs and Intel
> Macs. Of course my
> dream ideal is that they would also be able to be run on the old
> PowerPC Macs that
> are still widely used in the public schools, but that is probably
> too much too hope for.
> So...the question is, what should I tell him?
P.S. I can provide more ifs and buts, if you really want, but given
the lengths and distractions of some recent threads, I thought I'd
just give you the answer, straight up ;-)
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