[linux-elitists] BASIC interpreters

Modus Operandi modus@as220.org
Thu Jan 8 17:30:27 PST 2004

In the immortal words of Ragnar Hojland Espinosa <ragnar@linalco.com>:
> On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 10:13:17AM -0500, Matthew W. Miller wrote:
> > On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 09:43:15AM +0100, Ragnar Hojland Espinosa wrote:
> > >On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 10:13:49AM +0200, Shlomi Fish wrote:
> > >> Other languages that are OK are ANSI C, Common Lisp/Scheme, BASIC ...
> > >Ok, I'll bite.
> > >What exactly do you consider OK from basic?
> > 
> > It helps one develop a better appreciation for other languages.
> > 
> > Or at least it did for me.
> Sayyy.. its the same as saying using MS for 10 years must be
> compulsory for everyone in order to build adecuate appreciation of
> better things?
> I had to do Visual Basic related consulting for about a year.  It took
> almost 2 months after it to clear my brain from its rotten influences.

  "It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to
  students that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential
  programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

 				-- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (1930 - 2002)

  This thread is giving me Commodore 64 nostalgia.

  Okay, I know it's a terrible, wrongheaded, clunky language, but is
  there a BASIC implementation for Linux?

richmond:~# apt-cache search basic | wc -l
richmond:~# apt-cache search "basic interpreter"
bwbasic - Bywater BASIC Interpreter
yabasic - Yet Another BASIC interpreter
richmond:~# apt-get install bwbasic yabasic


  Not that I will actually ever do anything productive with this.


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