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- Subject: Re: Suitability of Lua as a First Programming Language?
- From: Jay Carlson <nop@...>
- Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 07:14:27 -0500
On Dec 1, 2012, at 4:49 PM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
> This "debate" has been going on since there *were* programming
> languages. Logo, BASIC and now Scratch were specifically designed to
> get youngsters into programming. *None* of the "kids' programming
> languages" was *ever* suitable for professional software engineering.
> Python, Lua, Visual Basic and most other languages are.
Smalltalk doesn't count?
BASIC wasn't created for kids fwiw, and a lot of its surface awfulness is fallout from needing to support teletypes. I've often wondered: knowing what we know today, what kind of programming environment would you create on a (say) 16kB RAM/16kB ROM 6502 with a memory-mapped text screen? The most frequent answer seems to be "COMAL" if you want ideas.