Fri, 10 Mar 2000 12:34:02 -0500
I don't know if this is the article Marc was talking about:
Ada Letters Volume XVIII Number 5 September/October 1998
"A Comparison of Ada and Java as a Foundation Teaching Language"
by Ben Brosgol.
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> (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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> > Subject: Help -- ammunition wanted!
> > 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
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