Learning the BASICs
Becoming a programmer used to require a Ph.D. and having access to some serious hardware. Then, in 1965, a couple of engineers had a radical idea: make it easier for people to get started.
Beginner languages, like BASIC, burst the doors to coding wide open. Tom Cormen and Denise Dumas recall how BASIC changed everything. Avi Flombaum and Saron share tips on picking a first language in this new era of software development. And we hear from Femi Owolade-Coombes and Robyn Bergeron about how the next generation of coders are getting their start with video games.
Beginner languages give everyone an opportunity to get their foot in the door. And that helps the industry as a whole.
Check out redhat.com/commandlineheroes for more information on beginner languages.
Find out more about why BASIC is a beloved first language and how the next generation will learn to code on Opensource.com.