[Tutor] Question about BASIC and Python

Nathan Pinno falcon3166 at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 2 07:39:41 CEST 2005

Thanks Bob and Liam. I was wondering myself.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bob Gailer 
  To: Nathan Pinno ; Tutor mailing list 
  Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 11:09 PM
  Subject: Re: [Tutor] Question about BASIC and Python

  At 06:13 PM 8/1/2005, Nathan Pinno wrote:

    Hi all,
    I had a co-worker say to me at work that Python was related to or based upon BASIC. Is this true, and if not, how can I tell my friend why they are similar?

  There are many versions of BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) (or something like that). What most have in common with Python (and a lot of other programming languages) is:
  variables of various data types
  expressions with numeric, string, relational and boolean operations
  sequential execution
  control structures for conditionals and loops

  some BASIC versions also add
  exception handling
  an attempt at OO

  Python differs in
  the use of indentation to convey control structure
  object-oriented to the max
  builtin object methods
  all items are objects
  all objects may be dynamically altered
  object properties may be added anytime
  big library of modules
  and many more

  Bob Gailer
  phone 510 978 4454 
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