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Author Topping, G. ♦ Bolz, R. ♦ Jost, A. C.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Computer programming, programs & data
Abstract A new curriculum was designed for the computer science major at the Air Force Academy with the initial majors course being Elements of Programming Languages (CS359). The course consists of four major blocks: detailed concepts of PASCAL; examination of elements of programming languages; examination of FORTRAN77 and COBOL; and student comparative reports on other contemporary languages. The initial block about PASCAL in this course is unique in concept and approach; and is the focus of this paper. The underlying basis for the approach taken is that PASCAL is an extremely small language; therefore, very easy to master. Once a student has mastered a programming language it is easy to compare other languages against the 'mastered' language. Also, it is much easier for the student to learn new programming languages once one is mastered. The approach we used in this course is what makes it fairly unique.
Description Affiliation: Department of Computer Science (DFCS), United States Air Force Academy, CO (Jost, A. C.; Bolz, R.; Topping, G.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1978-02-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGCSE Bulletin (SGCS)
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 1
Page Count 5
Starting Page 143
Ending Page 147


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Source: ACM Digital Library