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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by biffuz on Thu 1st May 2014 11:43 UTC
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I own a Commodore 64 since 1984 or so, but I was 4 so I never really used it, except for some games. I started programming in GWBASIC on a 286.
Then I moved to "true" programming (as in "hobby") in Pascal, C, C++, and now I work (as in "job") with Java, Objective-C, C#, and SQL (not exactly a programming language, but you know, you need it).
I also have to use JS and PHP, but every time I use them I feel dirty...

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