“It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“Teaching BASIC should be a criminal offense.” - Edsger Dijkstra

“BASIC - A programming language. Related to certain social diseases in that those who have it will not admit it in polite company.”

“Real Programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC… after age twelve.”

上面有關 BASIC 的評論是在 Wikiquote 找到的。當然別太嚴肅地對待這些話,我想作者只是純粹幽默而誇張地表達了大多數人對於 BASIC 的看法。