State of New Jersey needs COBOL programmers

geneb geneb at
Mon Apr 6 08:49:15 CDT 2020

On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, Fred Cisin wrote:

> 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.
A friend of mine started out with BDS C and never did get around to 
learning BASIC...

> Q: If Bill Gates hadn't written a BASIC interpreter, where would we be now?
I strongly suspect someone else would have come out with one.  Tiny BASIC 
may have happened earlier.


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