BASIC vs Python
steve at holdenweb.com
Fri Dec 17 16:14:05 CET 2004
Steve Holden wrote:
> Adam DePrince wrote:
>> On Thu, 2004-12-16 at 13:36, abisofile wrote:
>>> I'm new to programming.I've try a little BASIC so I want ask since
>>> Python is also interpreted lang if it's similar to BASIC.
>> Nobody is answering this question because they are shuddering in fear
>> and revulsion.
>> During the 1980's BASIC was the language to embedd into the ROM's of the
>> computers of the day. This was in a misguided effort to make computers
>> understandable to their target audience. The goal of the day was to
>> build a system that a manager would want to buy; it was believed that
>> the only way for a manager to see the value of a system was to make the
>> language understandable to said manager. The expectation, of course,
>> that the manager would sit down and play with the computer instead of
>> delegating the tasks to somebody more qualified is somewhat misguided in
>> hindsight. To do that, a language that closely resembled the process of
>> micromanaging an untrained worker was employed.
> But that language was COBOL, not BASIC. BASIC is actually an acronym for
> "Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code", which the initial
> implementations at Dartmouth weren't, really. The big innovation was the
> use of line-numbering to allow interactive editing and testing of a
Which, now I remember, Digital Equipment extended to floating-point in
their FOCAL language. I never did discover whether the number of
insertions required was limited by the floating-point precision, but
Focal was unique in my experience in allowing insertion of statement 1.5
between statements 1 and 2.
(mumbles into beard and drools quietly in the corner).
talking-to-myself-again-ly y'rs - steve
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