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    Default Please help me by answering a few questions!

    Hello!
    My name is Neil Lakhani and I have been asked to research the effectiveness of writing programs in a block programming environment compared with other programs such as Python, Java or CC+ by my school to help with my controlled assessment in GCSE Computing.
    I would really appreciate if you could help me by answering a few questions:
    Why do you prefer Java over writing in a block programming environment e.g App Inventor or Scratch?
    Why do you prefer Java over other programming languages like Python, App Inventor or C++?
    If you do like writing in a block programming environment, why?
    Any feedback will be appreciated
    Thank you very much


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    Java is multifunctional. Scratch is a good starter but with more complicated stuff, java is the place to be

    Java is "the most known language" in coding and when youre stuck youll find the most help for java.

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    Default Re: Please help me by answering a few questions!

    1. Scratch is a graphical language which implements most of the code for you - you just add the extra pieces of each puzzle.
    As a beginner language - yes it is fine to cut your teeth on - but anything more complex than that - it lacks support.

    2. Having visited C, C++ and C# myself, I can honestly say each language is good for what it has to offer. C is excellent
    for writing very fast and simple programs such as micro-controllers and builds much of the underlying source of a game
    engine for video games, as does C++. C++ is also very well used in industry as a whole, and well supported. C# is very
    similar to Java in many ways - it's primary use is to support Microsoft's .NET Framework, and with Mono development,
    they have done well to edge away from the Windows Only Language people associated it with.

    Java is a great language, and as stated above - is well used, well known and has hundreds of supporting documents
    on the Internet. Yes it does have it's flaws - speed of execution is not as fast as C - but really, that is such a small
    gripe - I would rather read 1000 lines of Java code than 1000 lines of C code - it's easier on the eye.

    3. By "Block" I am guessing you mean procedural programming correct? Well, the question is almost redundant. OOP
    includes block programming in many ways - the body of a method contains pieces of structured programming, function calling
    and returning values is all part of procedural programming. Java is fully OOP, as is C# and I think Ada is too. But they all
    contain "Block"(s) of code that form the complete picture.

    Wishes Ada xx
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    "The Analytical Engine offers a new, a vast, and a powerful language . . .
    for the purposes of mankind
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    Augusta Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace (1851)

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