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Do you think SICP should be converted over to a language like python or ruby?

Asked by AlexChoi (305points) July 14th, 2008

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is a widely used textbook for Computer Science curricula, but all the examples are in Scheme (a dialect of LISP) do you think the concepts could be taught more effectively if using a different language?

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Some, maybe. People out there have already redone the exercises in other languages here:

I think scheme is pretty decent because you learn the concepts and don’t worry about syntax so much, unlike some others. I don’t think it will necessarily be better in other languages, but other languages are used more often, so if you need to learn them anyway, its not a bad place to start. Depending on the language, some things might be much less elegant though, and confuse you between the concept and its implementation in a language.

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