[linux-audio-user] Re: Squeak (was Software suitable for children)
brad at sonaural.com
Mon Dec 11 17:33:19 EST 2006
Cesare Marilungo wrote:
> Rob wrote:
>> Unfortunately, the presence of famous people doesn't automatically
>> make a project intuitive, modern, or good for teaching kids.
> I totally agree with this. But still I respect them. Not the famous
> people, but great innovators.
>> Squeak needs some updates, and maybe it needs new blood to make them
>> happen, even if there are no PhD's contributing code anymore.
> I couldn't care less for PhD's. I'm for self-education. Squeak, BTW, has
> been inspired by the construtivism theories and by softwares like Logo
> and HyperCard. Not really meant for PhD's.
I believe HyperCard influenced some of the design issues with eToys, not
squeak. I could be wrong.
The teaching concept of Logo was reportedly an influence on smalltalk.
>> I personally think it needs some changes to the underlying language to
>> make it accessible to first-time coders
>> (scriptHello/self.setCharacters("Hello World")? How is that better
>> than TO Hello/PRINT [Hello World]/END or good ol' Sub Main/Print
>> "Hello World"/End? Or Sub Form_Open/Me.Text = "Hello World"/End if
>> you need to be all OOPsy.)
> Transcript show: 'Hello world'.
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