Just want to say a big "thank you" for the elementary coding articles in the last two mags. This is something I have been looking for, for ages. I used to code BASIC and assembly language on my C64 back in the day but haven't known how to even make a start (programming), using Linux. It has been really frustrating for me as there appears to be a huge gap from BASIC to Python, C etc.
I always thought the best way to learn to program was to sit and type in listings from mags. OK so it was tedious and seldom worked but it was an experience in learning syntax and debugging. It was hands-on and practical.
The biggest hurdle I find nowadays is syntax! I look through source files and ask myself "why is there a set of empty brackets there?" or "why does that word begin with a small letter and have a capital letter in the middle?"
How does one go about learning the syntax of a language? Years ago, you picked up the manual that came with the computer and looked in the appendix for all the info you needed.
Graham, you're doing a great job with this but remember to keep it simple. People like me are reading it
Also a suggestion for you... and the end of each article you could leave a task for the readers. Kinda like a homework
PS if anyone could point me to any other article / book, that deals with programming at this primitive level, I'd really appreciate it.