[IAEP] Turtles All The Way Down

Gonzalo Odiard gonzalo at laptop.org
Fri May 20 21:32:38 EDT 2011

"The question is: does this really have educational value? "Turtles all the
way down" is a great slogan, and a fine way to teach a graduate-level class
on compiler technology, but I feel that the higher-level UI for tile-based
program editing is the really useful thing for tablet computing. I'm a
compiler geek and love the grungy underbelly of this stuff, but I keep
reminding myself I should really be spending more time building a beautiful
fluffy surface."

You are doing the right question
I remember here "No silver bullet" [1]
Different languages, different levels of abstraction, need different
interfaces, and text is powerfull interface. May be is not the best
interface to start to program, but surely graphic block are not the best
interface to do programs of more than 400 of blocks.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Silver_Bullet

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at laptop.org>wrote:

> I've done a little more work on "Turtles All The Way Down", which I
> (very briefly) discussed at EduJam.  I actually wrote a garbage
> collector in TurtleScript for TurtleScript on Sunday.  Brief writeup
> here:
>   http://cananian.livejournal.com/64140.html
> and exhaustive mind-numbing detail here:
>   http://cscott.net/Projects/TurtleScript/
> No actual turtles yet!  I'm going to have to fix that soon.
>  --scott
> --
>       ( http://cscott.net )
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