The Weird and The Wonderful
The Weird and The Wonderful forum is a place to post Coding Horrors,
Worst Practices, and the occasional flash of brilliance.
We all come across code that simply boggles the mind. Lazy kludges, embarrassing mistakes, horrid
workarounds and developers just not quite getting it. And then somedays we come across - or write -
the truly sublime.
Post your Best, your worst, and your most interesting. But please - no
programming questions . This forum is purely for amusement and discussions on code snippets. All
actual programming questions will be removed.
The only problem with any of the modern BASIC variants is the the name.
It should have been changed years ago to something that sounds better.
BASIC is the direction that programming languages should have been taking for decades.
A programming language is a tool. A tool is something that makes work easier.
C, Java and the like make simple jobs complicated, and complicated jobs - well, we won't go there.
Unfortunately BASIC has been all but killed off because it scared the crap out of the C guys.
VB was arguably one of Microsoft's biggest successes - suddenly anyone smarter than a manager or an accountant could write useful programs. They weren't always fast, or efficient, but they solved real world problems, then and there.
And here lies one of the less understood issues with software - many, many programs are written as quick one offs to answer a question, or extract some data. They do not need the .NET framework or the latest C++ or Java support libs, or some horrendously expensive and complicated Studio Suite to create them
BASIC was able to do this AND produce high quality complicated full fledged applications.
And it still can.
My favourite is PowerBasic -
There are a few others.
It seems to me that all the 'new' languages we see are based on C syntax.
A whole bunch of cryptic punctuation marks interspersed with some unreadable, unintuitive bits of code.
It's time to move on. C was never meant to last this long.
It was an interim replacement to FORTRAN, until the 'new' languages came along. Sadly they never did.
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