How many of you are Extreme Programmers?
aahz at pythoncraft.com
Sat Apr 19 04:02:34 CEST 2003
In article <roy-416201.21303118042003 at reader1.panix.com>,
Roy Smith <roy at panix.com> wrote:
>"Andrew Dalke" <adalke at mindspring.com> wrote:
>> One thing to note, which Dijkstra didn't predict, is that I stopped
>> using a 'traditional' BASIC back in '86, when I got a copy of
>> QuickBasic for my birthday. No line numbers, real functions,
>> better control structures, compiled code - while editing in the
>> IDE, so the compile-link-run cycle is really fast.
>I agree that all those things are good things, but by the time you've
>made that many changes to the language, what's left that it can still
>call itself BASIC?
Note that what Andrew describes is much closer to the original Dartmouth
BASIC (which was essentially a simplified FORTRAN) than the abominations
prevalent on the toy PCs of the 1970s and 1980s.
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