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General Development "For three years [my] son Ben, and I have engaged in a quixotic but determined quest: We've searched for a simple and straightforward way to get the introductory programming language BASIC to run on either my Mac or my PC. Why on Earth would we want to do that, in an era of glossy animation-rendering engines, game-design ogres and sophisticated avatar worlds? Because if you want to give young students a grounding in how computers actually work, there's still nothing better than a little experience at line-by-line programming." Looking beyond the immediate fear-inducing acronym BASIC, this article delves deeply into what it means to simply be in control--via a basic understanding of under the hood--of your own computer, and how our whiz-bang world of technology today is failing to bestow this understanding on this generation of would-be hackers.
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Immediate result on screen
by jido on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 08:57 UTC
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I learnt with Basic and Logo. I think Python and Awk are also good starting points. What is interesting is writing a single line of code and seeing immediately a result on the screen, unlike many programming environments where you have a lot to do before you get anything out.

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