[cap-talk] Potting the web-calculus in a paragraph
smagi at naasking.homeip.net
Fri Dec 9 08:28:25 EST 2005
Ian G wrote:
>> Actually, I recently read some articles on a computer science program
>> that taught functional programming as a disciplined introduction to
>> object-oriented programming. Companies that hired graduates were
>> interviewed and have all been raving that the program produced the best
>> crop of programmers to date. Can't find the darn thing now of course...
> It would be interesting to see a proper scientific
> study done on it. I'd imagine there is enough data
> for it. At my alma mater the current school head
> pushed it through, to the chagrin of some.
> (Your observation that FP leads to OO is new to me.)
"How to design class hierarchies"
In that article are the following:
Quote from the abstract:
"My talk will instead present a novel approach to the first-year
programming curriculum. Specifically, I will explain how a functional
semester ideally prepares students for the true essence of
object-oriented programming according to Alan Kay: the systematic
construction of small modules of code and the construction of programs
without assignment statements. Experience shows that these courses
prepare students better for upper-level courses than a year of plain
object-oriented programming. Initial reports from our students' co-op
employers appear to confirm the experiences of our upper-level instructors."
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