Re: Basic ? HTML ?

MegaZone (megazone@livingston.com)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 18:56:45 -0700 (PDT)


Message-Id: <199609250156.SAA25438@server.livingston.com>
Subject: Re: Basic ? HTML ?
To: lannyf@juno.com (Lanny A Fowler)
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1996 18:56:45 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <19960924.170640.8215.5.LannyF@juno.com> from "Lanny A Fowler" at Sep 24, 96 08:25:40 pm
From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>

Once upon a time Lanny A Fowler shaped the electrons to say...
>This is going to sound Crazy to all you great programers but a am a
>juinior in high school and taking BASIC programing, and i am wondering if
>i can write web pages in BASIC language ??  If not Can you think of an

Web pages are written in HTML - that is the nature of the web.

You could write *CGI* applications that generate HTML in BASIC - in fact
many people are using VISUAL BASIC to do this on MS systems.

>reason to even Learn basic ??

Do you plan to do programming of any sort later on?  Perl?  C?  Etc?

Learn BASIC.  Basic is a simple language that contains much of the 
programming logic that will developing a foundation for later learning.
Even better is True BASIC if you can use it - it is more C like than 
Basic, yet is simpler than C and doesn't let you screw up in as many
spectacular ways.

I started out with Atari BASIC, went to True Basic, then C and C++ and 
then Perl.  But the fundamental logical building blocks are the same at
the core.

Now, I also worked with Scheme/Lisp - that gave me migraines. I just couldn't
bend my mind around the structure of that language - it clicked in 
retrospect.  I also did some 80x86 assembly - and again, the same logic
structures applied, only at a finer level.

>I think that windows and dos are MUCH SUpior !
>You know what i mean ??

Not at all - DOS is a joke, Windows is only slightly less of a joke.
WinNT is a half-hearted attempt to be serious that I'll grudgingly admit
is ok for some things.

Wait until you are out in the world and get to work on powerful systems like
UNIX.

-MZ
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