Ruby at School?
by pat eyler
While I was off looking at Computer Science materials different schools have put up on the web, I discovered that Ruby is being used in courses at Harvard. Their CS50 (introduction to computer Science) says:
To address [our] goals, we will attack interesting problems with the C programming language and the Ruby scripting language. These problems include algorithms for searching, sorting, and other useful, everyday tasks. To better understand these solutions, we cover techniques for the analysis of such algorithms and devices for structuring data and other interesting content, as well as the organization and security of computer systems and networks.
Sure, I'd like to see them lose the 'scripting language' monicker, but they are using the language. Anyone else know of a school using Ruby in their curriculum?
I think Ruby is great for younger students, too. At our local Primary School, the kids are learning programming by using Python to control "robots" (ala LOGO).
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|I am an instructor at a technical college and I will be teaching a course on Ruby and Ruby on Rails starting next fall. A 2-year technical college course has a different focus than a 4-year college computer science course. We focus on job skills for working professionals and students trying to get job skills. The interest in the course is very high. I'm really looking forward to teaching this course.|
|I'm teaching Ruby in a senior programming languages course. See the course site for details.|
|It's a short trip from Harvard down to MIT - so how about seeing if Ruby could add significant value if it were on every one of the millions of "One Laptop per Child" machines.|