Programming languages taught in school
Posted 10 February 2004 - 06:14 PM
I'm from hunter higher and we're taught Visual Basic. It's easy to understand, but i much prefer Java, which is more complex but can achieve far greater things. Visual Basic comes with an excellent editor which allows you to make forms, but other languages do not give you this ability. I see this as a problem because students will get put off by harder looking syntax's etc.
Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:04 PM
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Posted 30 March 2004 - 09:49 PM
I found the Software Section easier than the Section 1 of the course.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 11:47 AM
Posted 12 April 2004 - 01:07 AM
Discogirl17, on Apr 10 2004, 11:47 AM, said:
Posted 12 April 2004 - 04:29 PM
I found it really good; the syntax is simple to pick up, it has a good IDE, and lots of nice controls to play with
I also think it is possible to build some pretty sophisticated applications using VB/VBA, as Microsoft claim you can access 100% of Office functionality through its object model. VB is often described as a 'glue' language, because you can use it in so many contexts (eg ASP web servers, Windows .exe files, Office macros, etc).
For the purposes of the Higher course, VB is about right. If you want to try something more sophisticated, check out this article, which has examples of a simple "Hello World" program in Visual Basic and C.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 09:19 PM
Posted 22 May 2004 - 07:23 PM
My school uses COMAL. Some of the loops and parameter passing can be a b*tch but it's fairly easy to use...ater you've screamed at the computer to reveal where it's hiding your supposed error.
Lol, u know I love it really!
Posted 22 May 2004 - 09:28 PM
Now, visual basic or any Mac version is great because its object-orientated which is what everyone is using and with its huge collection of objects it makes complex programs simplier and more accessable. I knwo i have made the more complex programs myself and you'd be surprised how simple concepts and a good logical minds can get great results
School should have or be getting these new visual languages even though it makes learning from scrach a lot harder and isn't much like Java used in university but you got to start somewhere
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Posted 23 May 2004 - 10:55 PM
The syntax of php is far closes to C and C++ which are "real" languages. Also all VB versions before .NET are very limited in my opinion. I seriously doubt whether any school is going to teach .NET, I can just see all the old maths teachers turned computing teachers trying to learn object oriented concepts such as encapsulation.
I think teaching ASP would be good for schools as it is based on VB or C# depending on the version.
For my own use PHP / MySQL / C# / C++ are the only things i'll go near.
I see this site is written in php, if you need any help webmasters, i'm very able and willing.
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Posted 24 May 2004 - 03:02 PM
Did you know that the programming section of the Higher will not be an option next year, apparently something like 2% of computing teachers were comfortable teaching it , mine was one of them lol
Posted 24 May 2004 - 04:11 PM
|QUOTE (equin0x @ May 24 2004, 03:02 PM)|
|Did you know that the programming section of the Higher will not be an option next year, apparently something like 2% of computing teachers were comfortable teaching it , mine was one of them lol|
Do you mean programming as in the optional choice for Section III of the exam?
Posted 24 May 2004 - 04:44 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 07:29 PM
For the optional unit we did Networking, which is pretty easy and more useful than the other two. Only need to learn a few facts and the rest is common sense really.
Well, I'm looking forward to Monday, hope you all do well
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