
On 26Apr17 23:08, Hisham wrote:
I don't dispute that, but as someone who started programming with BASIC myself (on the Apple II, no less!) I can attest that thiscitation has at least some grain of truth.
Of course, but that could be generalized to most (if not all) programming languages: a single model is mindconstraining ("To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail").
To this day I think very concretely — but take into consideration that I learned that x=2 is a stateful variable assignment_years_ before I learned that x=2 is a mathematical equation (yes, I learned programming before elementary school algebra).
I first encountered BASIC on an Olivetti P6060; if I remember correctly, it used the (then) mandatory LET for assignments. I am still quite bad in advanced math and math notation, but in my case it is definitely not BASIC's fault :)
 Enrico