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Re: [school-discuss] first programming language

Yep. Agree.
Programming languages have their place but there's nothing like assembler to
teach *why* programming languages operate the way they do.

Depends on the attention span of your audience. Starting too small can be
discouraging; but skipping this stuff leads to problems.

--- cdmiller <cdmiller@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> A different approach you might take is an introduction to assembly and
> machine language using a micro controller, even a lego RCX brick would
> do.  The introduction to binary and how computers actually work can
> prove invaluable for students as they pursue data structures and
> algorithms in higher level languages.  One could jump from some
> introductory low level stuff right into alice for example.  A great
> contrast and range of possibilities for the student to pursue is shown
> between the embedded or systems programming space and resource rich high
> level environments.

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