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    Re: Raspberry Pi

    Having lived through the Beeb micro era, I'm not sure that it can claim entire responsibility for teaching programming despite there being a beeb in many/most schools.
    A single BBC machine was usually in the maths department displaying the odd graph - not exactly one per child!

    Yes it was a good machine, but it was way too expensive (something like £400 when spectrums were £129)
    the masses had Spectrums etc at home and learned to program on those.

    In one way they were better than modern computers:

    Boot time was instant, as the OS was on ROM chips (also meant it never corrupted!)
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    Re: Raspberry Pi

    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    I think you're young enough to have missed the BBC Model B, and the huge impact it had on computer skills throughout the UK. The surplus of competent UK game developers in the 80's and 90's can be traced back to the BBC and other program-yourself systems of the era
    And the acorn, F12, BASIC, boom your there.

    I still think MS should have bundled QBasic with windows, if for no other reason bored children learn how to run nibbles!
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    Re: Raspberry Pi

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    And the acorn, F12, BASIC, boom your there.

    I still think MS should have bundled QBasic with windows, if for no other reason bored children learn how to run nibbles!
    I think you have something there.

    The unifying theme of the old 8 bit machines was that the command line was a bundled programming environment.

    I had a TRS-80 clone followed by a Dragon 32. Beeb was too expensive, so taught me nothing
    As a student my Atari ST came with Basic still (though by then I was compiling in C so ignored it).

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    Re: Raspberry Pi

    Quote Originally Posted by TheAnimus View Post
    I still think MS should have bundled QBasic with windows, if for no other reason bored children learn how to run nibbles!
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