[Courses] Perl list active

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Fri Jun 10 18:42:35 UTC 2011

On 6/10/11 9:33 AM, Akkana Peck wrote:
> Jacinta Richardson writes:
>> A few people have contacted me off list and asked whether I'll be covering how
>> to program.  I haven't given this a lot of thought, but rather than just
>> replying individually with the same thing I thought I'd summarise my thoughts
>> about that here.
> Are there a lot of people interested in a course in how to program?
> How about if it was in another language: Python or Javascript?
> If so, which of those two languages would you prefer?
> If there's a lot of interest, I could give a few intro lessons on
> programming basics before Jacinta starts her Perl course in July,
> but Perl isn't really my language. I've done a little in Perl, but
> not enough to teach it (I'll be following Jacinta's course since
> I'm sure I'll learn new and interesting stuff).
> For those not familiar with the tradeoffs of various languages:
> Python has an especially clean syntax and is very easy to learn.
> It's great for quick programs run from the command-line, but you
> can write big graphical apps with it too.
> Javascript isn't quite as clean, but it runs in the browser so you
> can use it to run scripts inside web pages, and that makes it easy
> to show off your JS hacks to your friends or the world.
> 	...Akkana

I'd be interested in a how to program course. I have been flirting with 
Python, and just signed up to attend a Python boot camp course in 
August, so would be most interested in Python. But, would also be happy 
with Javascript, since I expect to learn Python later in the summer. You 
guys are awesome! Thanks for volunteering for this. I have been 
programming for a while, but am self-taught, and feel like there are 
holes in my general how to program knowledge.


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