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The value of BASIC as a first programming language

Mirk (184717) writes | more than 4 years ago

Programming 2

Mirk writes "Computer-science legend Edsger W. Dijkstra famously wrote: "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration". The Reinvigorated Programmer argues that the world is full of excellent programmers who cut their teeth on BASIC, and suggests it could even be BECAUSE they started out with BASIC."
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Murpster (1274988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31420150)

I started out hacking up a BASIC BBS program on my Commodore 64 and now I'm a professional developer. Most of the best programmers I know began with BASIC - Commodore machines seeming to be most prominent.

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Mirk (184717) | more than 4 years ago | (#31420840)

For some reason, Wordpress published this article as though it had been pushed two days ago. When I changed the release date to today, that changed the permalink, if you can imagine anything so dumb. So the link that I submitted is now broken -- D'oh! Please amend to: http://reprog.wordpress.com/2010/03/09/where-dijkstra-went-wrong-the-value-of-basic-as-a-first-programming-language/ [wordpress.com] Sorry about that.
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