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Re: How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

by SciDude (Friar)
on Apr 26, 2005 at 19:30 UTC ( #451739=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

Great node! In fact, one of my first nodes on perlmonks was about teaching perl to children. You might want to review it: Teaching Perl to Children

One resource not mentioned here is an effort to teach Java to children.

Like many others here, I was introduced to programming when it was a new and exciting field. Computers were mysterious boxes that few understood. Today, children carry around small games that have more processing power than 200 lunar modules from 1967.

On a whim, I attempted to verify my statement above. I found the specifications for an Apollo Guidance Computer but the design is so old a proper comparison is really not possible.

As is often the case I did find some amusing subjects along the way including this Virtual AGC project. It is amusing to see the actual code compute a checksum, time events, and display a few simple calculated results used by Apollo astronauts during landing.


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[Discipulus]: shemem i wrote it directly.. but when i tested it i got a lot of 'undefined value..'
[Corion]: Oh, poor Trump can't get a break. Even the Vatican only sends the second in command to greet him...
[shmem]: Discipulus: readdir has the same semantics as readline (a.k.a <>). Have another coffee ☕ ;-)
[Discipulus]: ah! just with my old system perl (5.8.8) was needed
[Corion]: Has anybody toyed around with Mastodon? There is a Perl module for it, but I'm not sure that it's a yak worth chasing
[Corion]: On the upside, maybe running that for my family would be interesting, or at least for myself
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