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    Question Easiest Programming Language?

    I am teaching a programming class. What is the simplest programming language to learn and use?

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    HTML (although perhaps not strictly a programming language).

    You could consider python. Try this to make the code:

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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    No, I can not use html, or else I would.

    EDIT: Python I am considering.
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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC)

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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    Basic used to be the starting language (I started with Fortran in college).
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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    Hi,
    there is a program out there called "scratch". windows and mac only right now, but it runs great in wine. it was developed by some computer scientists at MIT. It is awesome for learning the basics. Basically you drag and drop variables and such into an area and make a sprite move, talk or whatever. here is the website: www.scratch.mit.edu I would recommend downloading a few of the examples just to see how it works.

    I'm currently learning C right now, and this program helped me so much.

    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by switch10 View Post
    Hi,
    there is a program out there called "scratch". windows and mac only right now, but it runs great in wine. it was developed by some computer scientists at MIT. It is awesome for learning the basics. Basically you drag and drop variables and such into an area and make a sprite move, talk or whatever. here is the website: www.scratch.mit.edu I would recommend downloading a few of the examples just to see how it works.

    I'm currently learning C right now, and this program helped me so much.

    Hope that helps

    Dave

    I am using scratch at the beginning of the year

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    I would like a language like scratch.

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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    Forget BASIC.

    Use Python. It's an excellent language - very flexible, very quick to write and debug, and it's used extensively throughout Ubuntu.
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    Re: Easiest Programming Language?

    I think that to get more focussed answers you'll need to expand a bit on what level of class you're teaching. Is it 10-year olds who have a vague understanding of using Google, or post-graduates with a deep knowledge of binary mathematics?

    Hmmmm, if you're going to be actually teaching a programming class, what programming languages do you already know?

    Machine code is easy to use - all you need is a keyboard with a '0' and a '1' key, but it's a beast to learn. I always enjoyed programming in assembly language, but again, once you get over the initial simplicity, you begin to appreciate how much you really don't know.

    Still reckon Basic's the best all-rounder for an introduction to programming, but pending further information it's hard to advise.

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