If I may, I think there is a huge difference between PERL and Python. The
first non-natural language I came to be somewhat familiar with was PERL, but
most of my recent activity has been with Ruby. The shift in mindset between
thinking procedurally and thinking in objects is-- to me at least-- immense.
I can get the same job done in either, but the thinking behind it is very,
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On 2008-08-18 07:08 , "Marcus Bingenheimer" <[log in to unmask]>
> Dear David,
>> I would be grateful if those who have developed or taught a course of this =
>> type would be willing to share syllabi and any advice they may have.
> With the help of Christian Wittern we have in recent years
> experimented to devise a syllabus for humanities computing. In the
> latest version I teach XML, TEI, and RelaxNG in one semester and
> XPath, XSLT and a bit of XQuery in the second. In the second year a
> colleague teaches Python and an introduction to online Databasing with
> MySQL and PHP.
> Our experiments to establish this curriculum are not representative
> especially because our student numbers are too low (2-7 students per
> course). However, over the last three or four years I have come more
> and more to believe that it might be better to start with a general
> purpose scripting language. (Here we prefer Python over Perl, but
> there shouldn't be a big difference.) I am now thinking to teach the
> XML-tech module in two semesters later in the course.
> One big unsolved problem when teaching computing to scholars in the
> humanities is that most people will want to build some kind of
> web-application for their project in the end. However, administering a
> LAMP stack or any other application setup involves all kinds of
> Sorry, if that misses your question somewhat, but for me the questions
> has been recently: Teaching a little programming to humanity scholars
> is no problem, but where to stop?
> XML-technologies in particular seem to make sense only in a web
> context with some form of dynamic output.
> all the best
> Dr. Marcus Bingenheimer 馬德偉
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