Well I started on BASIC and then moved to PASCAL. Coming from early 1980's
BASIC PASCAL appeared an oasis of sense and structure. Also at the time the
Borland compilers where more intelligent in what they compiled than some
other compilers - they all do it now - but at the time Borland's Turbo Pascal
was lightening fast to compile and compared to interpreted BASIC it was also
fast to run. Pascal taught you about functions and code blocks - something
Basic never had at the time unless you consider GOSUB LINENUMBER a function.
I used it for years and liked it - some people don't. I think today there are
so many more choices that pascal has probably faded. I haven't used it for
On Wednesday 25 May 2005 10:02, Stephen Reilly wrote:
>> ps I've never used it, but I gather pascal was written as a
>> learning language? Anyone any opinions on teaching using pascal?
>>It was the only language I was taught and I learnt it poorly due to
>complete lack of interest. It just seemed useless, so I found other
>languages instead. When you teach someone programming for the first time
>I think it's imporatant that it's something they can progress with and
>build on after you've finished.
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