On Friday, March 10, 2000 7:02 AM, [log in to unmask]
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> Also if anyone has taught CS1 using Ada with an OO approach from the
> start, I would be interested in hearing of their experiences.

Alan,
Building on the reference by W. Wesley Groleau about John McCormick's
experience with C and Ada, is there any possibility of doing a side by side
comparison of Ada versus Java in an introductory course?

That is, rather than fight the system, could you suggest that Aston
University do some fundamental research into the comparative capabilities of
the two languages vis-a-vis teaching OO programming. Are there enough
sessions to do half in Ada and half in Java, and then compare somehow the
student results from each (dropout rates, finished projects, student
responses, subsequent grades in computer science courses, language
independent "concepts grasped" exams)?

I could easily argue that preparing an OO class to be taught in *both* Java
and Ada would force the OO issues to become clearer, and would result in a
better OO-concepts course than doing OO purely in only one or the other
language.

Regards,
Steve

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