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ERIC Number: EJ1166550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
On Parallel Software Engineering Education Using Python
Marowka, Ami
Education and Information Technologies, v23 n1 p357-372 Jan 2018
Python is gaining popularity in academia as the preferred language to teach novices serial programming. The syntax of Python is clean, easy, and simple to understand. At the same time, it is a high-level programming language that supports multi programming paradigms such as imperative, functional, and object-oriented. Therefore, by default, it is almost obvious to believe that Python is also the appropriate language for teaching parallel programming paradigms. This paper presents an in-depth study that examines to what extent Python language is suitable for teaching parallel programming to inexperienced students. The findings show that Python has stumbling blocks that prevent it from preserving its advantages when shifting from serial programming to parallel programming. Therefore, choosing Python as the first language for teaching parallel programming calls for strong justifications, especially when better solutions exist in the community.
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Language: English
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