my first language had been Commodore Basic V3.5, then I even had to downgrade to Basic V2 (CBM 64). I got me a book on assembler, too, but never really learned it. On a PC, I went on with GWBasic.
This is all still in my head, and perl offered so many new horizons. A limited language tends to limit your thoughts, at least in my case.
My colleage has never done any 'real programming', he is now working with Macromedia's ActionScript and had a glimpse on my perl scripts and he even understood *a little*. I guess, Perl as a first language might be a good idea. Give the people some good examples that are well documented and then let's see ...
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