Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Apr 2014 18:16 UTC, submitted by KLU9
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I find the "everybody should learn to code" movement laudable. And yet it also leaves me wistful, even melancholy. Once upon a time, knowing how to use a computer was virtually synonymous with knowing how to program one. And the thing that made it possible was a programming language called BASIC.

Invented by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, BASIC was first successfully used to run programs on the school's General Electric computer system 50 years ago this week - at 4 a.m. on May 1, 1964, to be precise.

It's the only programming language I was ever somewhat proficient in (when I was about six years old). I never moved beyond it, and now, I know nothing about programming. BASIC has played a huge role in the history of computing, and its birthday deserves to be a thing.

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RE: ZX Spectrum 48K Basic...
by AndyB on Wed 30th Apr 2014 20:34 UTC in reply to "ZX Spectrum 48K Basic..."
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I remember the ZX81 being the first computer I programmed, soon followed by a Spectrum 48K. Although, I also learned Z80 assembler as BASIC was just too slow after a while!

As for modern day programming languages, I find VBA in Excel macros very similar to the original BASIC we all knew and loved.

These days I use mostly PHP and Javascript as I am a web developer, but still dabble in VBA macros from time to time.

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