Usefulness of BASIC
Date: Around 1995
I am a high school level computer applications and programming teacher. The
language I work with is BASIC. My question is, would you consider BASIC to
still be an important language to learn or has it become outdated because of
new languages that are constantly springing up? This is an important
question because we need to know whether or not providing this program is
still truly beneficial to the students needs for the future, and whether or
not we should keep it.
BASIC is definitely still useful, especially as a "first-learned" program-
ming language because it is relatively easy to learn and understand. Any
programming language can teach the basics of programming: logic and flow
control. It would be nice to also offer "C" to those students who wanted to
learn a language more useful in college and professionally.
Update - May 2010
There are several progamming languages that have been influenced by BASIC, such as
Mircosoft Visual Basic and Mircosoft Visual Basic .NET which are still good languages
for students to learn.
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