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- Subject: Re: Beginner to programming. References to understand terms.
- From: Enrico Colombini <erix@...>
- Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:47:18 +0200
On 25-Apr-17 15:48, Roberto Ierusalimschy wrote:
Dijkstra famously said:
It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students
that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers
they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
I am fully convinced that this citation did (and still does) a huge
disservice to the teaching of programming.
I often thought the same thing. Apart from myself (but I actually
started with HP's RPN calculators and then 6502 assembly) I still
encounter old readers of my BASIC courses that went forward to a
rewarding programming career.