[Newbies] I've never written a line of code, but want to be a programmer!

Steve Thomas sthomas1 at gosargon.com
Wed Mar 30 15:39:36 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM, David Corking <lists at dcorking.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011, Tim Retz wrote:
> > My problem is that smalltalk is my first programing language,
> > So I need to figure out how to break a problem down to something I can
> code
> > out
> (3) Etoys is a much simpler language than Smalltalk, but building an
> Etoy is _real_ programming, while playful and fun even for an adult.
> Dragging, dropping and throwing away failed experiments taught me a
> lot about how to compose an application from objects. It also helped
> me to see why a method or Etoys script is rarely more than three
> lines. However I didn't need to worry about inheritance or classes,
> nor did I have to memorize Smalltalk's mouse clicks, shortcuts, menus
> and modifier keys, or navigate a vast and complex class library.

I agree whole heartedly, I have learned more about "programming" by playing
with Etoys and interacting with the folks on the mailing lists, than I did
from my Computer "Science" courses in college.

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