[plt-scheme] Poacher turned gamekeeper

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Fri Nov 20 12:36:12 EST 2009

Tears of joy, no doubt.


On Friday, November 20, 2009, wooks <wookiz at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 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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