Posted 26 May 2004 - 01:25
I concur with those who say BASIC is the easiest to learn, BUT...
It is true what they say about Basic being a spoiler for learning "stronger" languages later on. I speak from experience, having learned BASIC in grade school in the 80's, discovering Qbasic in the 90's and falling in love with it as a hobbyist programmer, and then getting so hooked on programming that I am now *trying* to master C++.
My "learning-curve" is now shaped like a 90-degree angle!
The thing I see clearly now, is that BASIC was never a real language, not like C++ is. In just scratching the surface of C++, I have already out-classed anything I ever wrote in QBasic, with about 3/4 of the language left to explore!
OK, I did acomplish a few cute little games in QB4.5 that I'm not quite ready to tackle in C++, but it's taken me this long just to get to where I'm confident that I'll eventually be able to "do it all". I can easily see where you could write a BASIC compiler in C++, no problem, but I could never imagine a C++ compiler written in BASIC! (Maybe Visual Basic....)
So, anyway, if you just want something to play with, Basic could work. But, take it from one who's been there, if you want to *really* program, it's much easier in the long run to learn the right language the first time!