[Newbies] Stephane Ducasse's 'Learning to Programing with Robots'
K. K. Subramaniam
subbukk at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 16:41:41 UTC 2009
On Thursday 23 Jul 2009 7:24:25 pm Max Norman wrote:
> I'm a novice programmer, who, at the suggestion of several more
> experienced developers, is attempting to get familiar with Smalltalk
> before moving on to Ruby, to more thoroughly learn and understand the
> concepts of object-oriented programming. First off, is this worth doing?
Yes. The hardest part is grasping the concept behind object and messages.
Smalltalk's inspiration is organisms not numerical integrators for guided
missiles :-). See an earlier thread
particularly the quote "each Smalltalk object is a recursion on the entire
possibilities of a computer".
> 'Squeak by Example' appears to be for more experienced programmers, who
> are approaching Squeak/Smalltalk from a linguistic perspective.
I presume you wish to practice programming for the long term. Why not start
working in Squeak right away? Smalltalk is a "small" language (only four
reserved words!). v3.8 image has a good intro-level slides on Smalltalk. Etoys
4 has such a low barrier that even middle school students start programming in
a couple of days time.
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