Teaching kids about computers...

davis davis at saw.net
Tue Nov 27 18:37:16 CST 2007


Fred Cisin wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Nov 2007, Chris M wrote:
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>>  Besides, where would you find a COBOL compiler for a
>> peecee or whatever else?
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> IBM sold one that was adequate for learning COBOL.
> There were also some good ones.
> Was it "Micro-Focus" who was peddling "Structured COBOL", and even "Object
> Oriented COBOL"?
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>>  A smattering of assembly language to begin with
>> maybe. That's something someone will learn only if
>> they want to. Lots of people have problems with it.
>>     
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> Howzbout: simultaneously learning machine language and a high level
> language?
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Take a look at Squeak. It's transparent down to the interpreter level 
(source included) and it's free.
It's also the language chosen for the one laptop project. Very cool, 
based on smalltalk.
It's sorta on topic. and it won't cause brain damage.

Jim Davis.



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