Jeff Mesnil
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⇨ Learnable Programming

October 23, 2012

Thought-provoking reading about learning to program. The essay is gorgeous with fantastic visuals to understand its arguments:

Being a server-side programmer during the day, I think the essay makes the wrong assumption that programs inherently have a visual representation that helps learn the language.
What is the visual representation of an algorithm code other than a single number for each step? Not all algorithms have a visual interpretation like the Fibonnacci sequence... Maybe I am not thinking outside of the box and such a representation do exist but I have not found it yet.

This essay makes a compelling argument that through the use of a graphic library (where the visual representation is the output of the program), we can learn the underlying programming language features (for loop, variable assignments) and abstractions (decomposition, abstraction).

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