The Syntax for the QuickBasic Compiler

  • Edward G. Nilges


The late, hero computer scientist was just wrong about Basic. Dijkstra’s comment is academic sociology at its worst. It creates the illusion that programming skill derives from the use of politically correct platforms and languages.1 Dijkstra was wrong because Visual Basic is Turing-complete, and it has a formal and sensible syntax. Visual Basic is Turing-complete because you can use it to write any program, as long as you disregard resource consumption.


Regular Expression Reference Manual Parse Tree Visual Basic Grammar Category 
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© Edward G. Nilges 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward G. Nilges
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    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Roosevelt University in ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.DeVry UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Princeton UniversityUSA

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