Interesting side note: When Roberts arrived at Stanford in 1990, this same intro-to-CS course was taught in Pascal. Which we hear might be making a retro-tech comeback, actually, and not just at an Apollo Computer near you. Free Pascal is an open source Pascal compiler that has been garnering attention for playing nice with diverse operating systems. Everything from Linux to MacOS to MS — including DOS 32 and 64 bit — iOS and Android, and even …(wait for it) Nintendo GBA.
Devs like Free Pascal for good performance in application programming (since it is a compiled language), game programming (via OpenGL), and even for web programming since Free Pascal can be compiled to Java bytecode. Something Stanford profs might want to keep in mind when next looking to update their curriculum in, say, 2032.
The rest of us will just be over here enjoying the multiple years and tens of thousands of dollars we saved by, um, not getting a computer science degree.
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