Why Python is like BASIC (and why this is a good thing)

phil hunt philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk
Sun Feb 17 03:05:08 CET 2002


On 16 Feb 2002 14:29:55 +0100, Henrik Motakef <henrik.motakef at web.de> wrote:
>Piet van Oostrum <piet at cs.uu.nl> writes:
>
>> BASIC a very good language for teaching????
>> Well, it depends on what you want to teach, I guess.
>
>Or, in the words of Edsger Dijkstra:
>
>"It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to
>students that have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential
>programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of
>regeneration."

Dijkstra's full of shit.

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