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: Comment by drcouzelis
by daedalus on Wed 30th Apr 2014 20:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
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Perhaps Blitz Basic is worth a look? It's the modern evolution of Blitz Basic from the Amiga years ago (the language which games like Worms, Gloom and Skidmarks were written in), and it appears to carry on a similar philosophy. It uses primarily built-in BASIC commands you might be familiar with, but also supports the use things like structs, functions and custom datatypes to allow slightly more modern programming, and native OS calls. It also supports the addition of custom libraries for more specialised commands, or libraries you build yourself.

The "BlitzPlus" version is free to download and allows programming and creation of applications on Windows.

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by thulfram on Thu 1st May 2014 01:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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+1 for Blitz Basic.

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