[plt-scheme] Re: Poacher turned gamekeeper

From: wooks (wookiz at hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Nov 20 10:23:30 EST 2009

On Nov 20, 2:33 pm, Prabhakar Ragde <plra... at uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> wooks wrote:
> > I have been looking at past exam papers for the CS1 course I am
> > teaching. Many of the questions take the form of snippets of code
> > which the students are to analyze, explain etc. Officially it's psuedo-
> > code, but guess what paradigm the psuedo-code is in.
> > So I am going to have to expose my class to arrays, for and while
> > loops, etc (I even came across a question that specifically forbade
> > recursion).
> > So we will do Scheme as far as it goes, but will need to supplement it
> > with something else. Clearly Java is a candidate but I'm not sure
> > about getting involved in all that OO paraphenalia for this 1st
> > course.
> > Suggestions?
> Use the Algol-60 language level in DrScheme.
> You laugh, but it's lower in overhead and closer to what they'll
> probably see in data structures/algorithms courses than any of the more
> modern alternatives. --PR

I feel more like crying. Scheme and Algol for CS1....they better all
pass with flying colours.

Web tutorials for it are hard to come by, and I'll need one (for me
and the students). Is it safe to use one for ALGOL68 (assuming I can
find one)?

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