On 04-Feb-18 23:22, Paul Marshall wrote:
I fear the time has passed. Never again will children experience the joy of going into Currys and typing 10 PRINT "Hello" 20 GOTO 10 on whatever machine was on display! Programming has come so far it will only ever be of interest to a very limited number of highly technically minded individuals who pursue it as a career and even then Basic will not be one of those languages. As a hobby in itself where is it? I dont know how you can make it appeal to young people in the way it did to us. What was it that captured our imaginations?Paul: I do agree. I'm not saying I like it, but we have to face facts.
BBC BASIC is an extraordinary programming language for those of us who self-taught in the eighties to whatever level we wished (in my case fairly basic :-[ ) but, as you say, programming has become so complex that for most of us who do it occasionally as a hobby in general it's only for professional programmers. The Me generation(s) are not interested in exploring, only consuming: curiosity seems to have disappeared nowadays, and it was that sense of "finding out" that made programming as an amateur so interesting then.
Richard's BBC BASIC for Windows is a tour de force but sadly I don't see the user base increasing much.