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Default 08-07-2008, 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by chipreader View Post
... could you see that I could employ an application of Alice that could assist in teaching the fundamentals of economics?
Yet another opinion. Alice is really about teaching object oriented programming (OOP). The fact that it has nice graphics is a bonus - but as Dick points out, from a general application point of view there are also some rather strange limitations.

I'm not sure that economics and OOP have much in common (except maybe incomprehensibility to the beginner ). It would seem either an economics- based game (say Sim City) might be better to get beginners interested. For graphic displays and general flexibility, Excel is hard to beat.

Finally, for general career usefullness, I would recommend a data base program. Access, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Access) is a good place to start. This is actually one class of applications where - at least according to some - OOP is not a particularly good fit.
   
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