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Re: Emacs history, and "Is Emacs difficult to learn?"

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Emacs history, and "Is Emacs difficult to learn?"
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:33:44 +0200
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Barry Margolin <> writes:

> The very first program I wrote was a BASIC program that was just
> a bunch of PRINT statements, to make some simple ASCII art (it
> was the command insignia from ST:TOS).  Was I not programming,
> just because it was a simple, linear set of statements? I
> "taught" the computer to do something it couldn't previously do.

*Laughter*! Cool! I hope you still have that program.

No, I think *that* was programming, for the reason you tell, but
also because there were several statements, and collectively they
form a program that does something.

> I think that almost anything that tells the computer to perform
> a set of operations can be considered programming.

Well, at least if that is done non-interactively. If you use a
program - a spreadsheet, or a paint program (do to pixel GFX), and
you just use the features of that program - sum a column, draw a
square, etc. - with the tools of that program - I don't consider
that programming.

I wrote some more on this, here:

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