A new programming language for learning to program

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Brandon Watts, developer of the Leopard Programming Language, tells me about how Leopard will help people learn to program. It’s a new language optimized for learning and is getting good reviews from instructors who are trying to find a way to get more kids into computers.

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  1. ScobleShow Interview « Leopard Programming Says:

    […] of the beginner’s programming language called Leopard. « Thoughts on NECC ScobleShow Interview June 29th, 2007 I was recently interviewed by Robert Scoble about Leopard for the ScobleShow, andI’m happy to say that the interview was just posted a few hours ago! […]

  2. One (computer programing) language to rule them all, and it’s English! « NI-Limits Blog Says:

    […] Until the Scoble Show is a twenty-four hour TV channel as it rightly should, you will have to settle for nuggets such as his most recent VideoCast, which introduces a new computer language that allows you to create desktop and web-enabled applications by writing plain English. It does not use Syntax and sounds almost too good to be true, which it will quickly become if the creators decide to release it as an OpenSource platform as they are rumoured to be considering. […]

  3. Rex Dixon Says:

    Great interview!


  4. The Programming and Management Blog » Leopard Programming Language Says:

    […] I am running a PHP Programming Contest and you can win a copy of Zend Studio Professional. If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!I recently came across the Leopard Programming language. Robert Scoble did an interview with Brandon Watts who developed the Leopard Programming Language. My initial reaction was of excitement that another attempt was being made to engage more people into programming. Only problem is that my opinion quickly shifted from ‘looks interesting’ to ‘absolute rubbish’. Leopard is not a ‘programming language’ it is at best a macro language and a very poor one at that. […]

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  6. Jason McCandless Says:

    This is a travesty. Maybe you should look at real programming language education research Robert.
    This guy clearly does not have any background in the area, and by his own admission is not skilled in a multitude of programming languages.

    It might be worth showcasing a language that has research roots in developmental psychology such as Logo. Or a more recent educational anguage that has serious academic attention such as Scratch.

    This developer doesn’t not seem to have done any research on pre-existing educational languages: “It seems as if they don’t get it. It needs to be so simple…”.

  7. Wired? Tired? Linkbaiting? I wish | Just the top news Says:

    […] 1. Dr. Eliott Soloway on how to improve education (he was one of Larry Page’s computer science professors and was very interesting to talk with about where education is falling apart and how to fix it). 2. Mark Canter on social networking. He does an interesting job of bringing us into the social networking space. Says a TON of stuff that SHOULD have gotten Wired to react, but instead they are more interested in making fun of me and piling onto the “hate Scoble” pile. 3. Scott Klemmer is an assistant professor at Stanford University and talks with me about all sorts of geeky stuff going on inside Stanford. Human interaction design, mobile development, and much more. Remember, this is the place that started Google. Wired should have been all over this. Why weren’t they? 4. IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer held an interesting conversation with me about all sorts of stuff including open source licenses, patent reform, and a whole raft of stuff that directly affects Wired’s readership. Why didn’t they link to this? 5. One of IBM’s most decorated employees had a chat with me and Larry Magid of CBS News. Talked about virtual worlds and a few other things. That sounds like the kind of thing Wired used to be interested in. But they didn’t link to that, either. Nor did they link to a separate interview where I interview the guy who runs IBM Ventures and is one of the key strategists at IBM. 6. At the iPhoneDevCamp I interview a top game designer about emotional design and why the iPhone feels so good. Wired kind of stuff, yet didn’t earn a link. 7. VMWare just went IPO, so you’d think Wired would have linked to this interesting discussion with VMWare’s top technologist. Nah, not Wired. How about this discussion of a new programming language designed to help kids learn to program? Future Wired customers, right? Nope. You won’t have seen that on Wired Online. 8. You’d think that all the SEOs and Danny Sullivan wannabees would have linked to this interview about search engine marketing. Nope. Wired didn’t either. 9. Or maybe Wired would have linked to this interview with New York Times bestseller Tim Ferriss, who tells you how to work less. Nah, no link for that one, either. […]

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