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[7]: Brings back memories !
by coolvibe on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 14:20 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Brings back memories !"
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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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RE[8]: Brings back memories !
by Neolander on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 15:22 in reply to "RE[7]: Brings back memories !"
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As long as programs can be sent by mail, it doesn't. If they really manage to go down to ~1 MB now, it's acceptable because you can stick 7-8 softs in one mail. On lazarus' early days, with 6 MB binaries, sending some sample programs was much more complicated than it ought to be. Especially taking into account that ADSL ran at ~30KB/s then...

I still think that their point about delphi is a bit weak. They can explain why their binaries are big, but they miss the point of how Borland managed to make them weight 200-300KB for the same level of functionality back in the olde days : just have a redistributable shared lib package available for download and a stable RTL...

Edited 2010-06-23 15:30 UTC

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