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QBASIC and probability

Postby skye97 » Sun Jul 17, 2011 3:26 pm

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Re: QBASIC and probability

Postby hhemken » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:39 am

Hi skye97,

Qbasic, as well as any general purpose programming language, would allow you to do more or less whatever you want. I would caution you though, that BASIC language variants in general have fallen into disuse, and they are not such a good choice to start playing around with. What almost always happens is that a person will write a few quickie programs in a language, then recycle them into newer better ones, write a few more and so on. Eventually they accumulate a few programs that are very useful as well as a certain degree of expertise in the language. Eventually they have to abandon it if nobody else is doing much in that language, and learn a more widely used one. The programs written in the previous language become orphaned, even though they are still perfectly usable. Someday you'll want to use a database like MySQL or do something with a web server, or who knows what. BASIC is not a good choice for those things.

I would suggest you learn one of the more contemporary and widely used industrial-strength languages, such as Python, PHP, Java, or even Javascript. Javascript is probably the easiest to learn. With any of these you will be able to easily reuse any of your code as the years go by. These languages are no more difficult to start working in than BASIC and are much, much more versatile and powerful. A beginner can start with any of them and grow all the way to a professional software developer. Also, these languages are all free to download and use, and they have vast amounts of programming libraries you can use in your programs, including things having to do with statistics.

Try putting this into a google search:

Code: Select all
(python OR ruby OR php OR java OR javascript) for beginners tutorial


That should get you started. Please let us know how it goes, or if you have more questions.

Good luck!

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Re: QBASIC and probability

Postby skye97 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:08 pm

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Re: QBASIC and probability

Postby hhemken » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:23 pm

Yes, that would be a good idea. There's a lot more current info, tutorials, sample programs, etc. for javascript than for BASIC.

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Re: QBASIC and probability

Postby Weertolon » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:29 am

hhemken wrote:Yes, that would be a good idea. There's a lot more current info, tutorials, sample programs, etc. for javascript than for BASIC.

Good luck!

And what is more, Javascript is much more popular
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