Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2007 16:35 UTC, submitted by ShlomiFish
General Development "What makes programming languages are suitable or unsuitable as introductory languages? Which languages are better learnt first and at which order? And why what the masses think is the most suitable introductory programming language is not in fact that. This paper examines several approaches to which programming language is the best, and afterwards gives several useful relations for which languages should come first. Finally it gives a final verdict, defends it and then gives some other good food for thought."
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RE: Ugh, Perl again
by walterbyrd on Wed 11th Apr 2007 22:03 UTC in reply to "Ugh, Perl again"
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>>Even more for Basic. Sure, it doesn't sell<<

Basic may not "sell" but it can be extremely useful.

Microsoft uses BASIC, or BASIC-like, stuff everywhere: VBscript, spreadsheet formulas, VBA for task automation, and so on.

And, if you want to be a professional developer, VB is one of the most popular programming languages. I know of one guy looking for an experienced VB developer and offering a salary of $100K.

Don't get me wrong. I am no MS fan, or BASIC fan. But it can be a very useful language to know.

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