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How To Encourage a Young Teen To Learn Programming?

dg__83 DrScheme is great (1095 comments)

Hey,

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).

http://www.drscheme.org/

more than 6 years ago

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Building a very simple computer?

dg__83 dg__83 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dg__83 (1285800) writes "I have an old PC (bought around '98) I've taken apart, and I want to make a very simple computing machine. I want to make a programmable computing machine with an input (power source activated by switch), the RAM taken from the old PC used as working memory, the hard drive as the permanent memory, the processor (Pentium I, 166Mhz) as the CPU, and the output as 8 small light bulbs (subject to change). I have a soldering board, wires, all kinds of circuits of mine own to work with here, etc. I want to build a very, very simple computer first, and then after experimenting gradually make it more complex. I would like to make a very basic computer using as few components from the old one as possible. Something like a computer from 1950, just with a faster processor, and lots more memory. I want this thing to be the most primitive possible example of a computer so that I can mess around with it and build my knowledge up from there. Any help greatly appreciated. :)"

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