caml-list - the Caml user's mailing list
 help / Atom feed
From: Geoff Wozniak <geoff@wozniak.ca>
To: caml-list@inria.fr
Subject: [Caml-list] Teaching with Caml
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 10:23:03 -0500
Message-ID: <15978.2775.801518.949259@gargle.gargle.HOWL> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20030308085345.32025.qmail@web20708.mail.yahoo.com>

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA1

Vee Satayamas writes:
 > 
 > I'm interested in using Caml as the first language to teach student.
 > What is your opinion? Is there any place use Caml as the first language
 > in programming course.
 > 

I taught a third year programming languages course using OCaml as the
primary language, although I didn't go into anything that is beyond Caml
Light.

I will say that it was not well received, at first, since the background of
most students was C/C++/Java.  Like any class, some students didn't care,
some actively hated it and other accepted it.  By the end, I would say it
was generally well accepted, however, I doubt many continued to use it
after the course.

I think OCaml can work as a first language, especially since it accomodates
both functional and imperative styles.  My students had trouble with the
functional aspects (such as functions as first-class values) due to two
years of working in imperative languages.  I recommend focusing on the
functional style, myself :)

- -- 
Geoff(rey) Wozniak, PhD Candidate
University of Western Ontario
Computer Science Department
London, Ontario, Canada
http://wozniak.ca/

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
                             -- Benjamin Franklin

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: GnuPG v1.2.1 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Geoff Wozniak, pub-key at http://wozniak.ca/woz.gpg

iD8DBQE+agrW+nqGMR5VMhkRAtwLAJ0TDcg1n4IiB1MRCXz9H0KvWxt/5gCgjEuj
UNnqmwQ3FSEZsy0C+iAO2Fg=
=WU9H
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

-------------------
To unsubscribe, mail caml-list-request@inria.fr Archives: http://caml.inria.fr
Bug reports: http://caml.inria.fr/bin/caml-bugs FAQ: http://caml.inria.fr/FAQ/
Beginner's list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ocaml_beginners


      parent reply index

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-03-08  8:53 Vee Satayamas
2003-03-08  9:06 ` [Caml-list] teaching Caml as a first language Basile STARYNKEVITCH
2003-03-08  9:06 ` [Caml-list] Seth Kurtzberg
2003-03-10 16:41   ` Brian Hurt
2003-03-08 15:24 ` Geoff Wozniak [this message]

Reply instructions:

You may reply publically to this message via plain-text email
using any one of the following methods:

* Save the following mbox file, import it into your mail client,
  and reply-to-all from there: mbox

  Avoid top-posting and favor interleaved quoting:
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posting_style#Interleaved_style

* Reply using the --to, --cc, and --in-reply-to
  switches of git-send-email(1):

  git send-email \
    --in-reply-to=15978.2775.801518.949259@gargle.gargle.HOWL \
    --to=geoff@wozniak.ca \
    --cc=caml-list@inria.fr \
    /path/to/YOUR_REPLY

  https://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-send-email.html

* If your mail client supports setting the In-Reply-To header
  via mailto: links, try the mailto: link

caml-list - the Caml user's mailing list

Archives are clonable: git clone --mirror https://inbox.ocaml.org/caml-list

AGPL code for this site: git clone https://public-inbox.org/ public-inbox