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Old 07-02-2009, 12:02 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by abakalidis View Post
My vote goes definitely to Pascal. I still have good memories by the time I was reading "Oh, Pascal!" in my student days buck in 1986.

I also recall stories about "Basic poisoning the mind", and I can tell you a different story, when as a student I took a summer job trying to teach kids some GW-BASIC. Having programmed only in Pascal for a couple of years, I was told that I could learn BASIC in a couple of days and then I realized that I could not create a single subroutine. Inserting a line was a nightmare, as you had to renumber everything and then loose all your calls. And on top of all there was no way to indent you code....

So what my boss had then said was that Pascal had poisoned my mind as well

In 1971 was programming in Algol (take a look at it is was prior to Pascal and had much more power).

Pascal was pretty cool back in mid-70s. I have a paper copy of the compiler back then (given to me by N. Wirth) one needs to have a Pascal compiler to build it!

C++ is the best language (but of course one needs to be trained to do it correctly). Of course only my personal projects now use my "template library" which was created prior to the STL (even being an idea).


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