'Proficient' might be going a bit far.How did those kids become proficient in BBC BASIC?
Because, in a summer coding month 3 years ago, just for a change, I spent 5 days teaching the
children BBC BASIC BEFORE looking at LiveCode.
They were all given tasks to do at home on BBC emulators on their home computers.
And, in the summer coding months in 2020 and 2021, because I was feeling particularly
bloody-minded, I hauled them off the delights of LiveCode after 2 weeks and spent
5 days teaching the children BBC BASIC.
Over 3 years (that is about 60 children) only 1 had the dubious privilege of having done anything
Contemporary BASIC may be "kinda funky", but as we started BASIC on 2 BBC micros I have in my schoolBASIC is kinda funky.
[Original hardware gets children excited.]
with the BASIC installed on BBC MODEL Bs in 1981, everything went swimmingly.
What was "fun" (well, from my point of view anyway) was performing text analysis using LEFT$, RIGHT$ and MID$
in BASIC of the sort we had just performed with LiveCode, and then getting the children to say what they thought
of the 2 ways of programming.
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