(I hate it when people cite references they can't explicitly
identify, but I'll violate my own rule in this case...)
A recent issue of Ada Letters had an "Ada vs Java for CS
Education" article published in it. I don't have the issue
here at work, so I can't tell you the date, but it was within
the last 2-3 years.
Marc A. Criley
Lockheed Martin M&DS
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> We have recently come under pressure to change our initial teaching
> language for CS1 from Ada 95 to Java. Apparently this is the sexy
> thing to do inspite of the poor/obscure C-like syntax, lack of a
> language standard, poor compiler error messages,.....
> The plan appears to be to use an OO approach in Java from the start
> although the Java textbooks which claim to use this approach seem to
> me to place far too high a demand on the students.
> I would be grateful for pointers to any arguments and information that
> might be useful in resisting such a change. Any Java horror stories
> would be particularly welcome.
> Also if anyone has taught CS1 using Ada with an OO aproach from the
> start, I would be interested in hearing of their experiences.
> Dr. Alan Barnes
> Computer Science
> Aston University
> Aston Triangle
> Birmingham B4 7ET
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