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by Galaak
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 4727

Re: What did your first programs do?

[quote]Quote from tufty on November 22, 2011, 20:22
My first program didn\'t work.[/quote]

And you did not give up. Kudos to you my friend :-)
by Galaak
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 28840

Re: Best first language

<t>The best language is the one you have the willing and the energy to teach. Ok, there some tricky ones like C++ and almost everybody won't think about it for a kid. But if you like Python, BASIC, scratch, ... I would suggest go for it.<br/> <br/> It may also depend on what you want to teach. How t...
by Galaak
Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What did your first programs do?
Replies: 47
Views: 4727

Re: What did your first programs do?

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> I started on PET Commodore at 9 and my first program was in BASIC. The computer asked a secret number between 1 and 10 and once entered it cleared the screen and ask your friend to guess the secret number. That\'s how I learned PRINT, INPUT, IF THEN ELSE and variable storage. But I...
by Galaak
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 950
Views: 111446

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

Hi,

you know what sucks, a call from your bank with the guy asking you to identify yourself first by answering questions like date of birth and secret code. And it sucks even more when you hear it is a good protocol because nobody else complain about it.
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3201
Views: 545899

Re: Introduce yourself!

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> My name is Nicolas, I'm a French programmer in digital special effects. I was working in Paris before and now I live in London for 5 years. Like many people I find the R-Pi concept amazing. I'm really impatient to get one.<br/> <br/> Short version:<br/> <br/> I'm interested in crea...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from jamesh on November 13, 2011, 10:36<br/> The Python excerpt and any 'amazing stuff in only a few lines of code' seem to me to be the wrong approach. It doesn't give the person typing it in the vaguest clue of what is actually going on.<br/> <br/> As the indentation vs curly braces...Hmm...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from clivebeale on November 13, 2011, 09:29<br/> If a fondness for play was all it took the Raspberry-Pi wouldn't be needed.<br/> <br/> You're right, but I'm pretty sure you'll agree it implies several factors. On my opinion the main problem is about computers stopped being accessible for k...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from clivebeale on November 13, 2011, 09:10<br/> Quote from Galaak on November 13, 2011, 00:30<br/> Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22<br/> <br/> In the meantime, here is my favourite code from when I started learning Python.<br/> [snip]<br/> <br/> I'm not sure I would begin ...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22
The audience is different now and it will be a long haul, but it will be worth it.

Is the audience that different ? Even if some things change, kids still like Playmobil, Lego, Barbie, bikes, cars, ...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from obarthelemy on November 12, 2011, 18:47<br/> I would think hard about whether the way *you* did it *way back when* it still the right for *others* *today*. I know I find BASIC and Z80 assembly much better than anything else, but, frankly, that's because that's what I learned way back w...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:30 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22<br/> <br/> In the meantime, here is my favourite code from when I started learning Python.<br/> <br/> //Steal the Internets<br/> from urllib import urlopen<br/> print urlopen("<URL url="http://www.google.com">http://www.google.com</URL>").read()<b...
by Galaak
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from clivebeale on November 12, 2011, 19:22<br/> I personally find it unforgiving for a kid if their program doesn't work because they've missed a single curly brace or semicolon in a sea of many. And when I teach Java this is what I spend most of my time fixing when their code won't compil...
by Galaak
Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:05 pm
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 20246

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> Please could you put in your distribution ready for kids some emulators of 8 bits machines like PET, CPC, ... if it is legally possible (because of ROM copyright for some I presume). I know it sounds strange but on my opinion, once loaded in full screen mode, it's easier to master ...
by Galaak
Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: The Staffroom
Topic: Inspirational people in Computer Science
Replies: 99
Views: 7280

Re: Inspirational people in Computer Science

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> Like many people, I think Steve Wozniak would be the best to write the right prologue. And Raspberry Pi project is so close to its views about engineering.<br/> <br/> But to have a guy with a chance to be recognized by kids and who is able to inspire them, I would suggest one other...

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