Python or Ruby: 6 Months on Hacker News


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Front-page presence of Python and Ruby articles on Hacker News for the last 6 months. Front-page presence of Python and Ruby articles on Hacker News for the last 6 months.

I teach high school math and science, and over the last couple years I have started to teach an Introduction to Programming class.  This past spring I decided to reassess whether I should continue to base this class in Python.  I wrote a script to examine the presence of Python and Ruby on the front page of Hacker News, and the results of this investigation led me to stay with Python.  The script I wrote has been running for six months now, so I decided to take a look at the results once again.

I want to make sure I continue to teach a language that gives students a solid grounding in modern programming concepts and practices, not just whatever language I know best.  I was originally prompted to reexamine my language choice after…

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