Give students tips and resources to help them shift from one programming language to another.

  • Show students how to use Google Search to find the syntax for a construct in a language.
    • For example, if students want to know how to find the length of a string in Java, they should Google "string length method java example."
  • If students are moving from Python to Java, point them to Ken Lambert’s From Python to Java website, which provides an overview of differences between common programming concepts in Python and Java.
  • Note from the CS Teaching Tips Team: You can also direct students to StackOverflow, where users can publicly ask and answer programming questions, for another helpful resource. Check out Ellen Spertus’ tip about teaching students to use StackOverflow well!

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External Source

Interview with Dave Musicant.