oa Alternation - Determining suitable Programming Language(s) for the B Tech (IT) Degree

Volume 12 Number 1b
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



There are various programming languages such as Basic, Fortran, Pascal, Cobol, C, C++, Visual Basic (VB) and Java, which are being taught within the Information Technology curriculum of tertiary institutions in South Africa. Due to differing features as in normal languages, some programming languages which are not easier to learn may lead to high failure rate. Some that are simpler to learn may not offer the flexibilities required for future works. The current practice of teaching many of these languages leads to repetition. Adequate consideration need to be given to the choice of a programming language that will be easy to learn even for first year students, and yet lead to increased productivity in future tasks.

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