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Learning how to program (for youngsters of any age)
If you think Perl is too difficult to teach kids, then you
are either underestimating their power to learn, or you
are overestimating how difficult Perl is compared to
BASIC. Here's a classic:
print "What is your name?\n";
$name = <>;
print "Hello $name, have a nice day.\n";
Come on, is that really that much tougher?
You don't have to teach them structured, OO-based programming
from the get go.
Besides, how many languages have a "spaceship operator"?
Pascal, in my opinion, is harder to learn than Perl, and
yet Pascal is promoted as a "learning tool". Go figure.