Chapter 5. BASIC

The Goals Behind BASIC

What is the best way to learn to program?

Tom Kurtz: Beginning programmers should not have to wade through manuals. Most manuals are far too wordy to retain the attention of new students. Simple coding assignments and easy access to easy-to-use implementations are required, and many examples.

Some educators prefer to teach a language in which programmers need to develop a lot of experience before applying it. You have chosen instead to create a language that any level of programmer can use quickly, where they can improve their knowledge by experience.

Tom: Yes. Once you have learned to program, new computer languages are easy to learn. The first is the hardest. Unless a language is particularly obtuse, the new language will be but a short step from the languages already known. An analogy with spoken languages ...

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