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Open source programming languages for kids

The past couple of years have seen an explosion of open source programming languages and utilities that are geared toward children. Many of these efforts are based around the idea that, since the days of BASIC, programming environments have become far too complex for untrained minds to wrap themselves around. Some toolkits aim to create entirely new ways of envisioning and creating projects that appeal to younger minds, such as games and animations, while others aim to recreate the “basic”-ness of BASIC in a modern language and environment.

via Linux.com :: Open source programming languages for kids.

Drag and drop programming? Things where you can actually “see” what your programming goes and what it does?

Yeah, I’m all for that.

The Digg comments for this article are serious gold – gems like “Bah, just start ’em on C++, tough learning curve but if they succeed they’ll be one of the best damned programmers ever, and if they don’t – well, I hear McDonalds is hiring…”

I Digg that. Pun intended.

If programming languages were religions…

Java would be Fundamentalist Christianity – it’s theoretically based on C, but it voids so many of the old laws that it doesn’t feel like the original at all. Instead, it adds its own set of rigid rules, which its followers believe to be far superior to the original. Not only are they certain that it’s the best language in the world, but they’re willing to burn those who disagree at the stake.

via Aegisub: If programming languages were religions….

Epic lulz.

Check it out – there’s C, Java, PHP, C++, C#, Lisp, Haskell, Erlang, Perl, Lua, Ruby, Python, COBOL, APL, LOLCODE, and Visual Basic.

Interesting read, nonetheless!