On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM, Robert Hansen <email@example.com> wrote:
> Well I meant the vast majority of people, not programmers. But all the > programmers I know use spreadsheets for strictly mathematical tasks, > including me. They don?t waste the time and effort to write programs to do > something that only takes minutes with a spreadsheet. > > Bob > > > Anyway we're both agreeing about spreadsheets: bring 'em on. Why turn that into an argument. If only to get the bigger screens.
But I wouldn't stop with spreadsheets. When doing geometry, I use POV-Ray ( povray.org). When doing figurate and polyhedral numbers, I think a coding language is not out of place. I'm talking about an interactive language with REPL (you type, it replies), not some dead compile / link C code process (that can come later). It's what Logo gave us. It's what kids love (immediate feedback).