Posts Tagged ‘Teaching’

Compile Pseudocode. But Why? [Updated]

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Pseudocode is meant to be a way to quickly sketch or communicate how a coding problem could be solved. It’s not a real programming language, but usually resembles the language one is targeting.

Well, I’ve been teaching a class based on a book that takes the approach of learning the fundamentals of programming by focusing on pseudocode. It’s a mixed bag. Yes, a lot of complexity is avoided so students can focus on the logic rather than syntax, but there is no way to test it. It all feels abstract and theoretical.