Posted by: Anonymous
on December 21, 2008 04:13 AM
Hi every one, thanks for all your suggestions. Back when I took programming in school it was 1971 and I really do not think they had a handle on how to even teach the subject, what I had to take was not just a programming class. It was mixed with probability and statistics and the assignments were to write a program that would do your probability and statistics home work for each week. If you did not understand the P&S you were just SOL. Also back then there was no such thing as the personal computer, everything had to be typed on IBM key punch cards on a dumb terminal kind of like the old tel-a-type machines. Once you had your program typed out you could then schedule a computer run at the computer lab and if you were really good (because the classes were so large) you could get in two attempted runs each week. Then if you had a syntax error the computer would immediately halt and wold not even finish reading the rest of the cards to see if there were any other syntax errors. There were a few times when I would get a print out that printed out each line of my program (one line per card) and then say halt, syntax error line 5. I did not fully understand my probability and statics so had no clue how to even approach writing a computer program to solve the home work questions. As a result I never even had a successful run to even know if I understood how to program. I would like to give it another try because I have no idea if I even have an aptitude for it or not.
I do appreciate your comments and advice, perhaps I will give BASIC a shot along with some bash shell scripting at first.
Thanks again, Robert