Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 21st Jun 2010 19:49 UTC
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[5]: Brings back memories !
by coolvibe on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 08:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Brings back memories !"
coolvibe
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2007-08-16

Well, have you tried it lately? And, of course there is also this:

http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/Size_Matters

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RE[6]: Brings back memories !
by Neolander on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 13:08 in reply to "RE[5]: Brings back memories !"
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2010-03-08

Ugh. "It doesn't matter, computers and networks are powerful enough" as a justification for lack of optimization. Looks like something taken from the brain of a Microsoft dev...

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RE[7]: Brings back memories !
by coolvibe on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 14:20 in reply to "RE[6]: Brings back memories !"
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2007-08-16

Well, I think their points are very valid. But of course, you don't *have* to use it. By the way, they do list some possible causes for big binaries, and how to solve them.

If you want small bins, just use C. But we're talking about learning languages here. Size doesn't really matter then, now does it?

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