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Comment: Re:Pascal (Score 1) 647

by Sperbels (#48857527) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I still haven't figured out why GOTO is so demonized and I've been coding for 30 years. If you find you need to use, then yes, you probably need to go back and rework your code. But let's face it: In the real world sometimes you just need to get this code out the door and working. "GOTO is bad" is just a ridiculous mantra repeated over and over with many people not even understanding why....frankly, so is "VB is bad".

Comment: Re:BASIC because the B stands for... (Score 1) 647

by Sperbels (#48857351) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
In the early 80's pretty much every common computer you could get came with BASIC. It may not have been real useful in real life (well, actually it was since my first job was VB4), but I was 10 years old and teaching myself how to program. BASIC was awesome back then. It made me interested in computers.

Comment: Re:Teachers (Score 2) 388

by Sperbels (#48805951) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
No, I haven't been to a school in the last 10 years. Haven't been to a school in the last 20 years. But the poor performance started long before I graduated. And even when I was in school they were blaming the teachers for the poor performance of students who had no interest in learning.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

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