BASIC vs Python

Thomas Bartkus tom at dtsam.com
Fri Dec 17 16:27:38 CET 2004


"Mike Meyer" <mwm at mired.org> wrote in message
news:86r7lp3h9m.fsf at guru.mired.org...
> "Thomas Bartkus" <tom at dtsam.com> writes:
>
> > The "interpreted" nature of the existing Python language has little to
do
> > with how it compares to other languages.  Most languages, including
BASIC,
> > are available in either flavor - interpreted or compiled. And either
way,
> > it's still the same language.  That being said, one would expect an
> > interpreted language (like Python!) to be a bit more approachable for
> > beginners.  The mechanics of producing a working program are just
simpler
> > when the language is interpreted, no matter what that language might be.

   > On what basis do you think the mechanics of producing a working
   > language are easier because the language is interpreted. <snip>

Because:
   Type code
   Run code.

Is easier to explain to the uninitiated than
   Type Code,
   compile code,
   make executable,
   run executable.

And - if a beginner is asking the question, there is no point getting mired
in an arcane discussion about all the in between mix and match flavors that
are constantly at play in the programming world.

As I said -
"Interpreted languages are bit more approachable for beginners"
Thomas Bartkus






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