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Why I Don’t Love Python as a Beginner Language

We often use Python to teach programming. But what if it isn’t the best starting point?

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If you want to learn the black magic of making metal and silicon bend to your will, no language is a bad starting place. In fact, you don’t even need to use a traditional programming language — you can learn plenty writing shell scripts or…




Insights into the .NET stack. Thought pieces about the craft of software development. Real advice for teaching kids to code. And a shot of humor.

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Matthew MacDonald

Matthew MacDonald

Teacher, coder, long-ago Microsoft MVP. Author of heavy books. Join Young Coder for a creative take on science and technology. Queries:

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