[Squeakland] [Fwd: website contact]
rita at isg.cs.uni-magdeburg.de
Mon Mar 2 04:57:26 PST 2009
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Subject: website contact
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 14:07:00 -0500 (EST)
From: Asaf Yatskan <maya.yatskan at 012.net.il>
To: squeakland staff <webcontact at squeakland.org>
My name is Asaf.
I discovered Squeak and Etoys while helping my son creating programs on the wonderful Scratch programming language.
We are creating games on Scratch for about 2 years and it is fun both for me and for him
Recently He asked me to learn him a more "grown up" programming language.
Since he is almost 9 years old, I have several doubts regarding the programming language that suits for him. I can easily teach him the popular languages such as C++ and Java or even C or I can teach him Etoys and then Squeak which seems to be much more educational
I have to admit that squeak is new to me too but from a brief review of the language it seems to be a true object oriented language that I hope lets the programmer enjoy it.
Recently I discovered another interesting project which is called Alice; although Alice presents a fascinating way of programming in 3D I am not sure it is the right project to begin programming.
After this long introduction I wonder if you can help with some of my doubts and question:
1. What do you think is the most suitable language for 9 years old boy (that is not an English speaker)?
2. Do you think Etoys and Squeak can provide tools for young programmer in the future?
3. I found a nice implementation of Alice in Squeak which is called Alice in Squeakland
the implementation was done by Jeff Pierce although it was implemented in Squeak ver. 2.0 I could run on downloadable Squeak ver. 3.10
Are you familiar with Alice implementation on Squeak. Is the squeak still supporting it?
Thank you for your time and help
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