In article <3C23A574.526309C5 / jhuapl.edu>,
Jonathan Entner  <jonathan.entner / jhuapl.edu> wrote:
>Phil Tomson wrote:
>
>> I think Ruby would be an excellent first language to learn.  Easy to
>> learn, concise, clean syntax...
>> 
>> I've actually volunteered to teach object oriented programming to total
>> newbies (they've never programmed before, I'm waiting for somebody else to
>> teach them how to use an editor :) at a local non-profit agency.  I'm
>> planning to use Ruby for this.
>
>Are you writing your own course materials or using someone else's?  The
>reason I ask is that my son has expressed some interest in learning how
>to program and I've been considering teaching him using Ruby.  But 
>there's a lot more to teaching someone how to program than just the 
>language details, so I'm starting to fish around to see what's out 
>there in terms of course materials for an intro programming course.
>
I'm going to be preparing my own materials mostly.  The class won't be 
until February or March so I haven't started yet.

Phil