[CM] Learn CM - Sal or Scheme
taube at uiuc.edu
Fri Apr 29 15:06:30 PDT 2011
On Apr 29, 2011, at 4:16 AM, publst wrote:
> When learning Common Music from scratch which is the recommended
> language: Sal or Scheme?
hi, if you are comfortable with prefix notation or have programmed in
the past then use scheme, if not i would use sal since its easier to
learn. ive taught with both and can definitely say that students pick
it up much faster and more easily than scheme, my first semester
course gets lots more done than it did using lisp syntax
that said, if you need the full expressive features of scheme then
there is no substitute.
> Given that all the examples in 'Notes from the Metalevel' are in
> Scheme: what are the advantages of learning Sal?
infix, easy to learn (very little syntax)
> Is one language more functionally capable than the other?
hard to beat scheme for expressive power! the question is: do you
> Will 'Notes from the Metalevel' be updated to include Sal?
not sure, maybe on sabbatical!
if you boot Grace you can give both a try , look in the Help menu for
examples and tutorials for both
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