Several colleagues of mine at the University of Toronto were at SIGCSE 2005 a couple of weeks ago. They came back with lots to report; most interesting for me was the feeling that there's growing interest in Python as a teaching language. One of them said that she could easily see Python becoming a major CS1 language over the next five years, and that if she had the time, she'd try to lead the wave by writing an introduction to computer science in Python. I only know of one book of this kind, which didn't particularly impress me. I think that if Pythoneers are really serious about increasing their user base, they should start work now to organize a bunch of tutorials and meet-and-greets at next year's SIGCSE in Houston.
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