Honestly I think as a beginner language it shouldn't be taught because of the wierd syntax..after all these guys have no idea what a loop or if statement is.
Pascal Example File I\O
C++ Example File I/O
You may compare the 2 programs above.
I want to know a few things.
What language did you guys start off with, and what language do you think is best for absolute beginners and why?
N.B.(Everyone should in fact start with pseudo code but in this case I'm looking for a real life language because I'm planning on writing a letter to these guys)
My answer to those questions are:
I started off with QBasic but i think C++ is best for absolute beginners since the syntax is similar to that of many other languages and it is Object-Oriented.