Posted by: Anonymous
on December 22, 2008 07:01 PM
BASIC was pretty cool, and relatively easy to understand. IF -- THEN -- GOTO made a lot of sense. I remember learning how to do simple "choose your own adventure" games _with animated graphics!_ on an Apple when I was in grade school in the '80s.
I found DOS batch files to be a nice substitute for BASIC when I starting using DOS (version 3.3, I think). Making menus and running simple "programs" for system maintenance were both practical tasks and fun.
For kids to want to learn programming, creating a game using something like BASIC would be great. I'll have to check out the applications reviewed here in greater detail.