Is there a programming language that is combination of Python and Basic?

Steven D'Aprano steve at
Sat Apr 18 04:43:25 CEST 2009

On Fri, 17 Apr 2009 14:00:18 -0700, Mensanator wrote:

> On Apr 17, 3:37 pm, baykus <baykusde... at> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I am looking for one of those experimental languages that might be
>> combination of python+basic. Now thta sounds weird and awkward I know.
> That's a clue you won't find anyone seriously contemplating such idiocy.
>> The reason I am asking is that I always liked how I could reference-
>> call certain line number back in the days.
> A bad idea. If you really want to write bad code, learn C.
>> It would be interesting to get similar functionality in Python.
> Yeah, it would "interesting" just as a train wreck is "interesting", as
> long as you're not the one who has to live through it.

Nevertheless, somebody *has* implemented such functionality in Python. 
Not just GOTO, but also COMEFROM.

> I once translated a BASIC program to Pascal (hint: no goto allowed). 

Pascal has GOTOs. People rarely used them, because even in the 1970s and 
80s they knew that unstructured gotos to arbitrary places was a terrible 

GOTO in Pascal required that you defined a label in your code, then you 
could jump to that label. You can't jump to arbitrary parts of the 
program, only within the current procedure.


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