Great news, and very interesting stats for success in introductory
I've played with Smalltalk and Squeak on and off for many years now,
but Python is my favorite language, and fortunately Zope and Python
have been paying my bills since 1998.
Of course I've read both of your Squeak books, and I really admire what
you've done with Squeak, Coweb etc. Congratulations and thanks for
bringing so much cool stuff to light, Mark.
I'd like to know if your annoucement means that Georgia Tech is, at
least in part, using Python where previously you were using Squeak. If
so, what motivated you to switch?
On 23/01/2004, at 12:32, Mark Guzdial wrote:
> FYI: The textbook for our course using Jython "Introduction to Media
> Computation: A Multimedia Cookbook in Python" is now available from
> Pearson Custom Publishing. (Book covershot is at
> Information on purchasing the book is at
> http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/mediaComp-plan (as well as more information
> on the course). The book is due out in December from Prentice-Hall
> with the (more boring) title "Introduction to Programming with Python:
> A Multimedia Approach." There are copies of the first three chapters
> at http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/cs1315/807
> The course is going really well. Most intro computing courses across
> the U.S. have failure (withdrawal, or earned D or F) rates in the
> 20-50% range, with the average above 30%. In the Spring, we had 120
> students and an 11% failure rate. In the Fall, we had 305 students,
> and only 6 dropped with an overall failure rate of 13%.
> Mark Guzdial, Associate Professor, College of Computing/GVU
> http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~mark.guzdial - CSL
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