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

From: Calvin C.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:02 AM
I don't think the language much matters so long as there's instant feedback,
gratification and a good teacher.  When I learned assembly I think I was in
the third grade trying to pick it up from manuals and books solo.  But what
I could've used was somebody to explain and teach it.  For example, it was a
rough time to be had not knowing how base-2 and hexadecimal worked at first,
a lot of that stuff assumed knowledge that little kids didn't have.  

But, on this subject, the book I wished I had when I was a little kid is:

Bebop Bytes Back -- it could be out of print now, but it had every aspect of
computing drawn out in cartoons... an amazing book that's hard to get but
still relevant.

http://www.amazon...­
3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8­&qid=[masked]&­sr=8-1&keywords=­bebop+bytes+back

Regards,

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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Jesse
Ash
Sent: Wednesday, January 16,[masked]:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Quick question - language recommendation

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]>
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> I'm teaching my nephew JavaScript. Easy for him to practice in jsfiddle,
and I can slowly move him from the console to the DOM, and teach him HTML
and CSS when it's time.
>
> The web is the most important technology you can start a youngster 
> with because its ubiquitous
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> On Jan 16, 2013, at 3:00 AM, Steve Blumling <[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?
>> thnx
>> Steve
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>> Sent from my ASUS Android JB Pad
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