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[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by righard on Wed 30th Apr 2014 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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If you don't want a basic variant then, if you are looking to just do processing and no graphics I'd say scheme (r5rs).

I agree with you on Scheme, though you can do a lot more with it than just processing. Chicken Scheme for example has a whole lot of extensions available including bindings to, for example, OpenGL, SDL, Qt etc.
If these aren't enough it is trivial to interface with C with Chicken Scheme.

Racket might also be a good choice. It is very 'batteries included'. Its IDE DrRacket is great if you miss the 'turn the computer on and get coding'-vibe of old home computers with BASIC.

Edited 2014-04-30 20:45 UTC

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