@aparrish@darius This was incredibly wise. At one point I had a connected cousin hook me up with a copy of Microsoft QuickC, assuming it would be a natural progression from QBasic, and was crushed when the integrated help system didn't teach me the language or how to do graphics fast.
@SpindleyQ@aparrish@darius I don't think I've ever learned more from any integrated help system than that of QBASIC. A high school friend gave me a copy and I spent hours just reading the help pages and trying each command until I more or less understood how it worked. It wasn't perfect, I never figured out GOSUB or DIM'ing arrays, but I could write a program and understand what it was doing to some degree.
@SpindleyQ@aparrish@darius Of course a few years later I started learning Java in school and had to relearn pretty much all of it, but I at least understood variables, basic flow control, and the text console.