[FoRK] Why Johnny Can't Code

Joseph S. Barrera III < joe at barrera.org > on > Thu Sep 14 10:10:20 PDT 2006

Tom Higgins wrote:
 > Basic as a starting point is nothing I would agree with en toto. It
 > was used because for many it was all there was.  We used it because
 > little else was there to be used but as soon as Bounty Bob came along
 > with Turbo Pascal a whole new crop of folks had that as their base.

"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students
 who have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers
 they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

    - Edsger W.Dijkstra, 18 June 1975

     http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/cs655/readings/ewd498.html


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