Re: [newtech-1] Quick question - language recommendation

From: Andy
Sent on: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:53 AM
(I started out in BASIC at the age of 7, for whatever that's worth. Then played with HTML and JavaScript at 14/15, then got into VB and a bit of C++ at 18. Was earning high percentile by 19, working in ASP.NET.)

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On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM, Andrew Badera <[address removed]> wrote:
That's the first thing any computer scientist to be should learn, sure. There's a huge swath of jobs and fields and interests out there that are nothing but high-level, and while I agree that low-level understanding sometimes offers advantages there, as someone earning 90th percentile in the software dev field with no formal CS background (physics and IT instead) and almost no assembler knowledge, I can firmly and confidently state: assembler will simply scare away a lot of kids who would otherwise have promising futures in computing-centric fields.

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On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Jesse Ash <[address removed]> wrote:
The first language anyone new to computers- including youngsters-
should learn- is assembler. This top down pedagogy our education
system embraces is all wrong- it hides too many dimensions of the
actual computer and in the end leads to much confusion.
On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Ross Sclafani <[address removed]> wrote:
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>> Re: Quick question - language recommendation
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>> Can anyone recommend a good software language for a 10 year old to learn?
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