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April 10th, 2003

Logo

Would you believe me if I told you that Logo was still around?

Logo was probably my second computer experience ever, and the one everyone in my school started out with before AppleBASIC. Logo was a graphics language… but the syntax was nice and English-y. Commands like “forward 100” would make an on-screen cursor, called the turtle (yes, it looked like one), go forward 100 pixels and draw a line. You could move the turtle without drawing, or you could do some pretty intense and complex images if you knew math. It was pretty cool.

Logo was something friendly enough to get kids interested in programming, which seems to be lacking from computers today. I can’t imagine kids getting excited about PHP functions (much) or C++ stuff. But Logo and a turtle? That’s cool.

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FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 9:03:20 am
Ah... this is one of the reasons I love the Ping. Someone was just showing me a Logo-ish thing the other day. It was more graphics based than the logo I remember, but I was still shocked and awed that it was still around at all.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 10:24:17 am
A few months back I downloaded an interpreter for a new LOGO-like language and a program for it that simulated an ant colony. I stared at that thing forever... it was really quite cool.

I remember learning a little LOGO in middle school (also on Apple IIs). Pretty cool stuff. Next thing you know, you'll see people still using LISP. Oh, wait...



FROM: Greg C
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 2:02:15 pm
I'm totally not surprised Logo is still around. I'll use it when my son gets a bit older to teach him about programming the computer instead of having the computer run a program. Good, good stuff.



FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Thursday April 10, 2003 -- 5:50:05 pm
Ahh, Logo..just those words alone put a smile on my face. I remember the Logo program "Apple Notes", where you could program Logo to act like a piano. What a great way to learn computers and programming..I feel warm and snuggly now.



FROM: elizabitch
DATE: Monday April 14, 2003 -- 1:54:38 pm
anyone remember lego logo? you could make little cars run, or lights in a house go on and off.

it was bitchin.



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