i dont - litle machines with hardly any processing power, and micro 1K of memory taught certain programming tricks that helped me in over the years
i agree, i dont do that much now, i still get a thrill when i do a bit. It is so good to help develop a wider set of thinking and problem solving skills.
The Pi is a useful machine - we give them away to students on certain modules. We have worked with a few local schools to provide a structured learning programme to support kids learning to program on a Pi. We found that most kids, even if they wanted to learn to program, lacked the ability in independent learning to pick up a Pi and start to learn to program. Some can but most can’t.
It is a nice platform. Personally i think the 400 in the case etc, whilst a good choice for the desktop user, and perhaps to learn to program, i prefer the smaller non-keyboard versions as you can get to the board easier, strap it to the back of a robot, use it in so many more versatile ways. As a an xmas gift it’ll be nice, a gaming platform.
I am going to seminar given by Pete Lomas (one of the co-founders of the Pi) in late Jan