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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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The gap
by RagaR on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 06:52 UTC
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In my opinion, it is not about the language or ide. It is about the gap between those people who know their problems and who have an idea to solve them. And those who can code. The bad thing is, there are too few people in both crowds.

The solution is not to teach people a academic language and the whole shebang of different coding models. Give them a tool where they start with an already functional gui application. Something to _play_ with. And an easy, graphical way to handle it. Yet able to use an editor to code when you mature on the field.

And it should be free in both ways.

I think that Adobe Flash offers one way to do it. And as I know FileMaker, I look on FileMaker more as a RAD, not a database. But those are not free and don't run everywhere.

We need an ide which is already a functional application and the foundation of new apps, that has everything we need, like database access, http connectivity, ... I don't mind which "script language" there will be, beside that there is one.

I don't know Revolutions. Does that work that way?

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