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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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RE[4]: FreeBASIC
by phreck on Thu 24th Jun 2010 08:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: FreeBASIC"
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You could also argue that even people who suffered massive physical or psychological trauma as children have a chance of leading functional lives later on. Doesn't mean the trauma was a good thing. Their lives would have been so much better without it.

I dunno. But I hardly remember any BASIC from when I started programming (which was just 10-12 or so years ago). I am not saying it's a good language, but comparing this to real traumata seems exaggerated to me. And I'd say I am not that bad of a C++-, C#- (and some more) programmer (some of my projects include picogen ( and metatrace, a C++ compile time ray tracer (

Or are you telling me next that I should visit a psychologist, so he pulls out this untreated soul wound, makes me whine and cry and lie in is arms at his hairy chest, so I can finally forget those abuses that I hardly remember?

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