mentally mutilated

"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 W.Dijkstra

This quote ran through my head today after I realized (after 5 minutes of head scratching) why this line was throwing an exception in javascript:

var sHeading = oInput(0);  

Parenthesis for array indexing? Damn you VB!