Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu
oddharmonic

  • Mood:
  • Music:

I think I found a quote about BASIC causing brain damage that Vogon was trying to recall...

While looking for a quote that Vogon couldn't remember the exact wording of about BASIC, I chuckled at this excerpt from a Google search result:

"What part does it play in deciding what should happen to a brain-damaged person? ... May we contact you with information about NPR programming?"

(I find that rather amusing since we're in the middle of a begathon pledge drive.)

Anyway, I think the quote he was looking for is from Edsger Dijkstra's How do we tell truths that might hurt? (1975):

"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."

That is all.
Tags: 004_computers
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments