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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The problem with simple (or even on-simple) teachable languages is that they often fail miserably to satisfy the urge that 5-10% of students have to actually build something interesting.

    • The solution to this (very real) problem is, however, not to change or extend the teaching language. It's to allow that 5% (and you're fortunate if it's as high as 5%) to move on quickly to a more powerful language.

      For example, in a follow-up paper [] to Seven Deadly Sins... we propose a "zero'th" programming language that would only be used for a few weeks, or at most a month or two, prior to learning a first programming language.