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Learning not just what a program does, but how to design it in the first place.

A Programming course is not only about how a language works, but also about teaching the delegates to to plan their applications and programming using that language to make best use of existing resources, to develop code that works well and can be re-used and updated as the requirements drift in the future. Also to make sure that the code is structured in such a way that other programmers will be able to understand how it works later should the need arise.

Such techniques don't come easily from static examples that say "this program does the following" ... rather they come best from an interactive demonstration, and discussion during the demonstration, during a training course. All key elements of the language need to be taught / understood before such a demonstration / discussion so that delegates have a good understanding of the armoury at their disposal.

From the Lua course that's just concluded, [here] is the program that resulted from such a session. Of course, it's not what I should be showing you, as it breaks the advise in the first paragrapg of this article - "show them interactively" ... but I have added comments to explian the design steps. If you want to see the propper thing, come on one of our courses!

(written 2015-11-06, updated 2015-11-07)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
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  [4324] Learning to program - variables and constants - (2014-11-22)
  [4323] Learning to program - Loop statements such as while - (2014-11-22)
  [4322] Learning to Program - the conditional statement (if) - (2014-11-21)
  [4318] Learning to Program - how we start to teach you at Well House Consultants - (2014-11-16)
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  [2973] Learning to program - where to start if you have never programmed before - (2010-09-28)
  [2898] Programming Standards from the start! - (2010-08-02)
  [2505] I almost put the bins out this morning - (2009-11-16)
  [2504] Learning to program in ... - (2009-11-15)
  [2326] Learn a new programming language this summer. - (2009-08-06)
  [2294] Can you learn to program in 4 days? - (2009-07-16)
  [2286] New to programming? It is natural (but needless) for you to be nervous - (2009-07-14)
  [2092] Tracking difficult bugs, the programmer / customer relationship - (2009-03-20)
  [2048] Learning to program in PHP, Python, Java or Lua ... - (2009-02-19)
  [2001] I have not programmed before, and need to learn - (2009-01-19)
  [1985] Learning to program as a part of your job - (2009-01-10)
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  [4260] Why we teach Lua - (2014-04-08)
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  [3528] December courses - PHP, Python, Perl - and a weekend Lua course - (2011-11-24)
  [2947] Teaching Lua to a Perl advocate - (2010-09-06)
  [2555] Bookkeeping - (2009-12-29)
  [2492] Lua Classes - open enrolement - (2009-11-04)
  [2331] Certification Revisted - Lua - (2009-08-09)
  [2318] For Lua Programmers AND for Town Planners - (2009-08-02)
  [2315] New Lua Examples - for last weeks delegates - (2009-08-01)
  [2309] Lua training class in Spanish - (2009-07-29)
  [2227] Learning PHP, Ruby, Lua and Python - upcoming courses - (2009-06-11)


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