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Mark Atwood
When I was in Utah last week, my dad asked me for a recommendation for a programming language/environment. He learned FORTRAN back when it was called "FORTRAN IV", and has had written over the years numerous number crunchers as part of his work, originally in FORTRAN, and then later in BASIC.

He running WinXP on his desktop and laptop, and wants again to do basic number crunching, in a simple straightforward imperitive style. All he needs are loops, if statements, and basic real numbers.

I suggested the Python for Windows package. The price is right, the IDE is straightforward, and he can program the way he wants. (Tho he will have to learn about while loops, instead of combining if/goto.)
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elfs From: elfs Date: November 27th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, learning proper loop management and subroutining is important, even for someone's dad. I think it's a good recommendation. Have you considered recommending an IDE to go with it? Yeah, I know, you and I use a text editor, but lots of people don't.
mauser From: mauser Date: November 28th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC) (Link)
How about Visual Basic?

(hee hee hee.)+
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: December 1st, 2006 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Fuck no.

Even tho he does know BASIC.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: December 1st, 2006 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
The standard Windows install package appeared to include an IDE.
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