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The Future Of Java: Java’s Greatest Stench? #strength #programming

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John R. Rymer wrote a piece on Forrester about the The Future Of Java, it’s pretty complete with the exception of the greatest weakness being called the greatest strength.

“Fewer young developers will learn Java first. One of Java’s greatest strengths has been the number of young developers who learn it as a first language.”
John R. Rymer

It may have been an advantage for the adoption of Java as a programming language, but it is certainly not a strength of a programming language that students learn it as a first language.

Personally I don’t see it as an advantage for students to learn Java as a first language, it means that every language learned afterwards is seen from a perspective of a language which doesn’t teach the student simple rules like type safety or writing portable code. A programming language as teaching tool should allow a student to make all the mistakes which can be made, as a student learns more of their failures than from their successes. It should allow different programming modes, Object Oriented, Linear and a mixture.

I’ll stop here before I start talking about round pegs and square holes. 😉

Image source: Hillary Hartley

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Posted in programming, school

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