[Newbies] Using Squeak to teach undergrads OOP

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Fri Jan 15 01:55:11 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 07:57:53PM -0500, waufrepi III wrote:
> Hi,
>   I was talking to one of my Professors about Squeak the other day and I got
> an mail asking:
> "I had lunch with several of the other CS faculty yesterday and I brought up
> your enthusiasm for smalltalk, which I've never used. Some of the faculty
> panned it because they claimed the I/O features were either poor or
> nonexistent. [Java will never be displaced as the first language at
> ............] What is your impression of the I/O abilities of smalltalk?
> There is much discussion about the need to learn a language with OOP
> features before Java.
> I'm still a novice and I actually haven't been able to play with squeak much
> lately do to other classwork..so rather than blow an opportunity for squeak
> I thought I'd ask here and see what the pros say.
> wfpi

If you want to get a job, study Java. If you want an education, study
Squeak. Long term, you will be happier, wealthier and wiser if you get
a good education.


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