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Started by Tripos on Nov 17, 2017 5:45:58 AM
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Tripos - 17 Nov 2017 05:46:19 (#1 of 297)

Don't be shy.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2017 06:43:50 (#2 of 297)

What's the best beginners all-purpose symbolic instruction code?

Tomnoddy - 17 Nov 2017 06:57:09 (#3 of 297)

For you, assembler.

thisonehasalittlehat - 17 Nov 2017 07:00:03 (#4 of 297)

I don't want anything too high level.

carterbrandon - 17 Nov 2017 08:10:46 (#5 of 297)

... , see?

Pheeep - 17 Nov 2017 08:52:21 (#6 of 297)

Brainfuck is the discerning programmer's language of choice, with Intercal for the higher level abstractions.

GyratingTrampoline - 17 Nov 2017 09:24:23 (#7 of 297)

Pheep, I've just googled both of those languages and they are fucking hilarious!

"The INTERCAL Reference Manual contains many paradoxical, nonsensical, or otherwise humorous instructions:



Caution! Under no circumstances confuse the mesh with the interleave operator, except under confusing circumstances!"



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INTERCAL

Pheeep - 17 Nov 2017 09:36:52 (#8 of 297)

You may find some of these more approachable:

http://esolangs.org/wiki/Hello_world_program_in_es
oteric_languages

Tripos - 17 Nov 2017 09:57:29 (#9 of 297)

First BASIC.

Pheeep - 17 Nov 2017 10:18:44 (#10 of 297)

No, no, no. Python is by far the best choice for a first programming language. I've seen too many wannabe programmers brain damaged by exposure to BASIC.

mentranilvavin - 17 Nov 2017 10:22:36 (#11 of 297)

COBOL programmers are going to be in great demand as they all retire or die.

Loads of back-end financial systems are still running COBOL. Apparently there are more lines of COBOL executed world-wide each day than there are Google searches.

Easy to learn too.

dmlc133 - 17 Nov 2017 10:25:45 (#12 of 297)

Whitespace

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitespace_(programm
ing_language)

GyratingTrampoline - 17 Nov 2017 10:26:10 (#13 of 297)

#11 that's all very well if you want to spend the rest of your career maintaining hideous legacy systems for the man.

mentranilvavin - 17 Nov 2017 10:26:53 (#14 of 297)

That's my actual job description.

JennyRad - 17 Nov 2017 10:55:24 (#15 of 297)

#12 - Dammit, dmlc, you beat me to it.

I was in the pub with Edwin and Chris when they came up with that. My favourite claim to fame.

JohnIlly - 17 Nov 2017 16:25:31 (#16 of 297)

I once heard of a language which had such commands as whatif and comefrom.

Heckler - 17 Nov 2017 16:28:37 (#17 of 297)

Easy to learn too.

I'll go back in time and tell my sixteen year old self that. I went for a job at Pfizer as a Cobol developer a couple of years later and thankfully failed miserably.

thePiMan - 17 Nov 2017 16:39:01 (#18 of 297)

I once heard of a language which had such commands as whatif and comefrom.

whatif is valid in Powershell

Tenesmus - 17 Nov 2017 16:52:22 (#19 of 297)

1979 at my school, the first year that programming was available to sixth formers on RM boxes with big floppy discs.

BASIC, with lines numbered in increments of 10, eg

10 PRINT "Hello"

20 GOTO 10

Tripos - 17 Nov 2017 18:35:37 (#20 of 297)

Great minds et al. I was going to post your likely first BASIC program,

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