- Apr 4, 2014
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For a lot of people this is true yes...In the 90's did Pascal at school, Assembly & C\C++ in Varsity, then once we started working it was VB 5\6 or COBOL, then moved over to C# & Java in the early 00's, and now there is Python, Perl.....
The point is you just need to get proficient in one programming language to get the principals of programming\hacking for the rest of your life.
Nobody wants those people. Let them go do something else.For a lot of people this is true yes...
But some people may only ever be proficient in one language, and if they were taught a language that is used in the real world it might at least help them get a job in the real world albeit a very junior job but still.
I am not discounting that they are shyte programmers by any means.. but hell you can employ them for peanuts and they can do very very junior stuff. Not everyone wants to or will become a senior developer/systems architect...Nobody wants those people. Let them go do something else.
They'll start from scratch in uni.I am not discounting that they are shyte programmers by any means.. but hell you can employ them for peanuts and they can do very very junior stuff. Not everyone wants to or will become a senior developer/systems architect...
But regardless of that aspect.
For the guys who can learn multiple languages (which most coders should be able to do), why start someone on the backfoot of having them have to learn a new language when they start working... It would be better if they were taught in a commercially used language from the start.
Python and Java are probably the best to teach. Python is easy to learn. There are also loads of free resources. These 2 give a good base and if they want to persue this as a career, they can move on to other languages which are appropriate for the industry they end up in.They'll start from scratch in uni.
If the language will be a barrier for them then they'll probably flunk out anyway. The concern here is the education department forking out money they didn't need to (unless they got that IDE for free).
Would love to see who they consulted on this decision. It might very well be that most of the available "IT" teachers know Delphi and can assist the students (not sure why the teacher won't be able to learn something like Python/Java though).
Its school...nobody is learning any actual programming there anyway. It more about teaching them a structured way of thinking and for that Delphi isn't bad because its quite structured prescriptive.in some ways its to the detriment of the students since they won't be learning the languages most companies are using these days. I actually can't name any companies or development houses still using Delphi in any significant way...