from hell to paradise ; ; ; was: [plt-scheme] Prereqs for robotic programming

From: YC (yinso.chen at
Date: Tue Feb 17 20:46:13 EST 2009

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Marco Morazan <morazanm at> wrote:

> > the plumbings.  Wouldn't you want to hear your student say "why don't you
> > teach me scheme, I want to work at Google (or another hip company) and
> they
> > standardize on it"?
> No, I do not. I want to hear my students say teach me how to program
> reliable and easy to maintain software. Period. I am not interested in
> teaching them Scheme, C++, Java, or Perl. I want them to know how to
> reason about problems and how to design programs to solve problems.
> The syntax used is irrelevant. Whatever syntax I teach them today is
> likely to be outdated by the time they graduate. The problem solving
> skills and the design principles will not.

Fair enough.  I might be reaching there guessing what you'd like to hear,
but hopefully it's clear that my point wasn't about a particular syntax (but
isn't scheme syntax-less? :P).

Meanwhile, FP adoption remains a real problem.

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