Nim programming language finally hit 1.0

Ola Fosheim Grøstad ola.fosheim.grostad at
Fri Sep 27 15:16:29 UTC 2019

On Friday, 27 September 2019 at 14:51:31 UTC, Russel Winder wrote:
> At least in the UK, Python is the language of teaching 
> programming to 10 to 16 year olds. Universities now have to 
> cope with new undergraduates already knowing Python, and 
> probably some Java.
> UK universities are having to change their whole approach.

Right. I believe Python will be introduced in public schools in 
Norway within the next decade or so.  A few years back University 
of Oslo chose Python as their introduction language for alle the 
science departments. Then the CS department introduce Java after 
Python.  In more advanced physics courses students may choose 
between Python and C++.

Anyway, several books, say introduction course books in physics, 
come in one edition for Matlab and another for Python.  Adding 
more editions for other languages across the board seems unlikely 
in the near future.

You probably will find some for Java and some for Julia, but not 
enough to cover all the courses for a bachelor.

As more and more courses use programming as "advanced 
calculators" and for simple didactic simulations we end up with a 
situation where they want a single language for all science 
topics. Preferably one that can be used interactively.

So Python seems to dominate as the tool of choice for "didactic 

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