Learning to Program

The Basic programming language is a really nice abstraction for a physical computer. As a language it has the notion of an instruction pointer (line numbers) and a stack pointer (using GOSUB). The entire language description fits on a page. A great way to teach it is using the javascript Apple II Basic emulator (which is frankly amazing).

http://www.calormen.com/jsbasic/

Good assignments are:

 
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