|[15 earlier articles]|
|Re: Java compiler courses DrDiettrich1@aol.com (Hans-Peter Diettrich) (2007-04-27)|
|Re: Java compiler courses email@example.com (George Neuner) (2007-04-28)|
|Re: Java compiler courses DrDiettrich1@aol.com (Hans-Peter Diettrich) (2007-04-29)|
|Re: Java compiler courses firstname.lastname@example.org (glen herrmannsfeldt) (2007-04-29)|
|Re: Java compiler courses email@example.com (Marco van de Voort) (2007-05-10)|
|Re: Java compiler courses firstname.lastname@example.org (2007-05-11)|
|Re: Java compiler courses email@example.com (Chris Dollin) (2007-05-11)|
|Re: Java compiler courses firstname.lastname@example.org (glen herrmannsfeldt) (2007-05-11)|
|Re: Java compiler courses email@example.com (Eric) (2007-05-15)|
|From:||Chris Dollin <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 11 May 2007 09:01:32 +0100|
|Organization:||HP labs, Bristol|
|References:||07-04-074 07-04-118 07-05-037|
|Posted-Date:||12 May 2007 23:29:28 EDT|
Marco van de Voort wrote:
> On 2007-04-26, Michael Klemm <email@example.com> wrote:
>> From my experience (tutor for compiler construction both in C and
>> later in Java), the students are able to produce a more stable
>> compiler in Java more quickly than in C. For Java, all gory details
>> that make programming tough (esp. memory management) comes almost for
> I somewhat wonder why people think that Java is easier to learn than
I don't know if Java is easier to /learn/ than C. It depends a bit what
you count, since Java has a /much/ larger set of libraries and suffers
less from portability issues. I think Java is easier to /use/ than C,
because it suffers rather less from one-wrong-step-and-cut-your-throat.
> In ome of my classes I found the opposite (which surprised me too),
> specially if the students had no prior IT knowledge (they were classes
> for graduated non IT bachelors).
> They consistently found C easier to handle. The reason was pretty
> simple, more transparant, less knowledge required for an initial
> program (of any kind).
That depends, I think, on how one gets taught. The initial C program
printf( "Hello, world!\n" );
and the parallel Java program
public class HelloWorld
public static int main( String  args )
System.out.println( "Hello, world!" );
aren't /that/ different to a beginner.
> We had them doing walking pointer trees in 5 weeks, while in the
> paralel Java class they were still struggling with inheritance, and
> explaining what was needed to make a minimal program.
Then IMAO someone misfabricated the Java course.
I can't decide whether I'd start people off with an IDE or stick with
the command-line. Pros and cons, cons and pros ...
"It is seldom good news." ~Crystal Ball~, /The Tough Guide to Fantasyland/
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