Teaching Children Programming and Linux

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at public.gmane.org
Wed Jul 16 16:41:28 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 10:21:11AM -0400, Aaron Vegh wrote:
> I guess the corollary question would be: what age could/should one get  
> a kid involved in programming? I like the idea of starting a kid on  
> Python or Javascript, but when?

javascript is frustrating mess.  I wouldn't recommend it either.

I started out playing around with a Commodore VIC 20 when I was about 10
or 11, so what do I know. :)  And while I had some fun with it, I
wouldn't say I learned anything useful from playing with the BASIC on
it.  That language was awfully limited.

> And it would be awesome if there were some specific learning resources  
> that could take them through a course of study.

There are tutorials for some languages.  But really I think the best way
to learn is to just play with it.  Take an example and make it do
different things.

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