JavaScript, Python Replace Java in Introductory CS Classes

By HTMLGoodies Staff

It used to be that most universities taught Java in their introductory computer science (CS) classes, but that trend seems to be changing. Stanford University recently added a new version of its first programming course, CS 106, and this version teaches JavaScript instead of Java. According to its website, "[CS 106J] covers the same material as CS 106A but does so using JavaScript, the most common language for implementing interactive web pages, instead of Java."

Python, often used as a scripting language for Web applications, is also a popular choice for intro to CS courses. In fact, the Association for Computing Machinery, says the majority of the leading CS programs teach Python in their introductory classes.

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