Robert Hampton

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4th March 2007

It looks like you’re writing a program. Do you want help?

I’ve spent most of today playing around with Visual Basic 2005 which, excellently, has a cut-down version available as a free download on Microsoft’s web site. And there are tutorials and suchlike! Criticise MS if you like, but their developer resources are very comprehensive — as you’d expect, really.

I’ve tinkered and puttered in BBC BASIC for years, and my efforts are much appreciated by the three remaining users of RISC OS (all of whom are named Dave). The prospect of my dubious programming “skills” being unleashed on unsuspecting Windows users is somewhat terrifying.

4 Responses
  1. Comment by JamesH
    11th March 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Learn a real language like Python instead. Python’s simple as hell.

    Ruby on Rails was learned in about two hours by a friend of mine who quickly wrote something almost as nice as wordpress. I mean, less than a week to write and host and put the entire thing online.

    Though it’s down right now. He was running FreeBSD’s unstable branch.

  2. Comment by Robert
    14th March 2007 at 12:07 am

    I played with the RISC OS port of Python a while ago. I might hunt out the Windows interpreter and give it a spin.

  3. Comment by JamesH
    23rd March 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Have you loved the python yet?

  4. Comment by Robert
    23rd March 2007 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve installed it, but haven’t had much of a play with it yet. Stay tuned!