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Re: [school-discuss] first programming language

Robert Rittenhouse wrote:
If you look at Squeak you might also look at Alice (http://www.alice.org/) which is Java based and now runs on Linux. Note both of these are environments and really independent of the OS.

I did a quick search of Python tutorials and found this one:


What really interested me was the difference between the traditional first lesson of printing "Hello World" in Python vs. Java:


>>> print "Hello World"
Hello World


class Hello1 {
  public static void main(String[] args){
    System.out.println("Hello World");

For my elementary kids, I think Python would be much more preferable. Plus, I found this great set of videos of German youngsters doing Python using Rur-Ple and Easy GUI:


Best, Daniel

Daniel Howard
President and CEO
Georgia Open Source Education Foundation