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 fabrica64 on Thu 1st May 2014 13:52 UTC
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BASIC was my first programming language, but when I discovered C I left it for good. I think BASIC is more or less like MS-DOS, it did much more harm than good to the computer industry. It's not a real programming language, very difficult to maintain, very unclear, very error prone and not really educative...

It may have had a sense in a world of PC with very little memory and very slow processor, but has no sense at all in modern world.

Not a single good and/or serious piece of code has been written in BASIC

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