State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Apr 5 19:53:24 CDT 2020
>> I still believe that the best FIRST exposure to computer programming
>> should be BASIC. VERY FIRST program should have instant gratification,
>> without having had to already learn underlying structures, variable
>> types, how to run a compiler, etc. After creating first program, and a
>> few more, in a very short time, it would then be sensible to evaluate
>> what kind of programming is most interesting, and switch to the most
>> appropriate language. Having already created a few token programs, it
>> is then less onerous to learn compilers, data types, system overhead,
>> "ENVIRONMENT DIVISION", etc.
On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, Toby Thain wrote:
> Sounds like you've never heard of Lisp.
LISP is a reasonable alternative starter language.
I PREFER BASIC for beginners, because I have met a few that have
difficulty fully understanding parentheses, and BASIC is a trivial
transfer to FORTRAN and a few other languages in that group.
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