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Comment DrScheme is great (Score 1) 1095


Try DrScheme; learning Lisp is a lot more palatable for beginners in my experience and DrScheme has a wonderful interface. He can have fun with simple programming and making his own algorithms without having to go through all the tedious memorization and syntax that would comes with a lot of languages.

My non-techie mom loves puzzles and is a competitive (and damn good) bridge player - I'd always wanted to get her into computer science, but was never able to because having to think about compilers or calling pre-existing packages would just make her eyes glaze over. I finally broke through with DrScheme - now she makes her own programs to crack those puzzles that are in the newspaper each day (and has no idea that that is programming - she assumes programming means something ugly like Java).

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.