Teaching Programming Languages in a Post-Linnaean Age

Programming language “paradigms” are a moribund and tedious legacy of a bygone age. Modern language designers pay them no respect, so why do our courses slavishly adhere to them? This paper argues that we should abandon this method of teaching languages, offers an alternative, reconciles an important split in programming language education, and describes a textbook that explores these matters.

This is a nice paper explaining the author’s rationale for his approach.

(via PLT)

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