[fpc-pascal] Need Advice: Teaching a Child Programming

Paul Breneman Paul2006 at BrenemanLabs.com
Wed Mar 6 19:01:53 CET 2019

On 3/6/2019 12:01 PM, Michael Van Canneyt wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Mar 2019, Anthony Walter wrote:
>> I need some advice from you guys.
>> I might soon be teaching a child about computer programming and am
>> considering using Free Pascal as the first language. The problem is the
>> child is a distance away from me and I want a way to see his code as he
>> types and help him along by moving his cursor and sending him snippets or
>> correcting his code while he watches, all done remotely along with two 
>> way
>> voice chat.
>> I need some sort of tool to help with this. I could simply use Skype and
>> set him up to allow me to occasionally take control remotely, but I am
>> wondering if there might be a better way?
>> What do you people think?
>> I was considering writing a small cross platform desktop text editor type
>> application that would forward to me the text and cursor location as he
>> types, and allow me to change his text and highlight text and move the
>> cursor. That wouldn't be very difficult, but I would need a separate
>> program for VOIP, and I also might want syntax highlighting, code
>> completion drop downs, compile functions.
>> Again, do you people have any suggestions?
> No suggestion, but there is an actual feature request to build this in in
> the IDE as a plugin, exactly for teaching purposes. James Ralston 
> suggested it.
> According to Martin Friebe it should be doable, although not easy.

Is there a wiki page about this feature request?  If not, where can I 
(and how) get involved?


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