a quick tour through beginner-friendly coding

1964: (dartmouth basic)

10 print “hello, world!”
20 goto 10


1967**: (logo)

forever [print “hello, world]


1986: (amigabasic)

while 1
print “hello, world!”


1993: (lua)

while 1 do
print(“hello, world!”)


2005: (python)

while 1: print “hello, world!”


2015: (fig)

now “hello, world!” print


** this is intended to be logo, which is from 1967, although there are over 300 dialects of logo. while it is easy to find a 1964 manual for basic, it is not as easy to find an authoritative source on what logo looked like in the 1960s. this line is correct microworlds logo:

forever [print “hello]


and it is presumed (but not certain) this would also work:

forever [print “hello, world!]




11 thoughts on “a quick tour through beginner-friendly coding

    1. yeah i *used to be* skeptical about code.org because of their spokespeople but for some time now, ive thought theyre doing good stuff.

      i wont personally use minecraft now that theyve been bought by microsoft, though im genuinely glad that people are learning to code, and in a fun way, too.

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              1. Cool! I think that Minecraft is fun especially on a computer called the Raspberry Pi.

                Minecraft RPi allows you to code in Python to mod it. You can place blocks and make TNT trails, etc. It isn’t very feature-filled but is very educational.

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                1. i wish there were more things like it.

                  gimp is a photo editor that can be similarly scripted with python, but they dont make it particularly easy. i mean its easy enough, python scripting in minecraft is probably easier.

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                    1. i actually dont know. i use gimp all the time, i use python all the time, and ive looked into using them together.

                      from what ive noted, it looks tedious to put them together. tedious enough that i havent tried it. and its been a while. imo it shouldnt take more than this:

                      * install gimp
                      * import gimp-scripting, gimp-fu, whatever
                      * follow basic tutorial
                      * (if you ever get it down to that level of simplicity, be sure to blog about it.)

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