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Requirements for an ideal first language

  • J. -P. Jacquot
  • J. Guyard
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1022)

Abstract

Five years ago, we have introduced functional languages in the introductory computer science course at our University. This experience taught us there is still room for improvement in support languages for beginners. This is summarized in the form of six requirements for languages in such a context: conceptual neatness, consistency with common usage, language extensibility, tools for probing and profiling, enforcement of good habits, and observability of mechanisms. Our experience, observations, and requirements are discussed and justified.

Keywords

Common Usage Functional Language Good Habit Teaching Computer Science Beginner Level 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. -P. Jacquot
    • 1
  • J. Guyard
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Henri Poincaré-Nancy 1 CNRS-CRIN-INRIA-LorraineVandœuvre-lès-Nancy CedexFrance

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