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

Jason Orendorff jason at jorendorff.com
Sat Feb 16 16:29:28 CET 2002


Carl Banks wrote:
> Cliff Wells wrote:
> > Gillou wrote:
> > > * NO LINE NUMBERS! Enough said.
> > > ...
> > >   IF condition GOSUB line-number (I never did understand the necessity
> > >   for that kind of statement until well after I'd stopped using BASIC
> > >   entirely and moved to more "modern" languages like... Pascal).
> >
> > Only old men like you and me remember this
>
> Hi.
>
> I remember using calculated GOSUB, something like this, in GW-BASIC:
> 220 ON LEVEL GOSUB 1000,2000,3000,4000,5000,...
> It was for a crude level-based video game.  I'm 25 now.

Feh.  You youngsters these days with yer GW-BASIC and yer "video games".
I remember using the Commodore 64 two-character shortcuts for the
keywords.  C64 BASIC = executable WingDings.  (I'm 24.)

## Jason Orendorff    http://www.jorendorff.com/





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