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Hi :)
@ Mauricio:  Wow!!!  That was very eloquent! :))  Thanks :)

@ Gordon:  Sorry!  I had a go with Pascal but got distracted and didn't get
very far.  It looked a LOT more elegant but i was entrenched in using Basic
at the time and couldn't handle the back to basics at that point in time.

@ all: Do you think Python is easy as a 1st language?  - or is it better to
start with something else first to ease into it all?

I'm kinda playing around with Scratch a bit and kinda learning Python but
at a very relaxed pace.  Both seem quite good fun now :)

Regards from a Tom :)

On 9 July 2018 at 06:19, gordon cooper <> wrote:

GoTo. One of the curses of Basic, the GoTo.

When used by newcomers (and a few some old hands too) a
Basic program would  soon become an unstructured mess of
GoTo's and a hassle to debug.  One of our Pascal lecturers was
very  anti-Basic and forbade us to use it,  or to even talk about it
in his presence.

Thank you Tom and Jonathon for the memory,

On 09/07/18 15:55, toki wrote:

On 08/07/18 09:04 PM, Tom Davies wrote:

I remember learning one form of basic in the 80s and that was pretty easy

There is a book from the early/mid eighties, that is simply lists the
vocabulary of the various dialects of BASIC in use then. IIRC, it was
called _The BASIC Book_. It was written specifically for programmers to
port software between the various systems that were available.

Back then, all variants of basic used line numbers, and allowed GoTo.
Today, several variants of BASIC don't use line number, and some
variants don't have GoTo.


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