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 Dasher42 on Wed 30th Apr 2014 21:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
Dasher42
Member since:
2007-04-05

Python, complicated? No it isn't. Everything's a dictionary of some sort - a namespace, a module, a class, an object. Whether it's object.value or object.__dict__['value'], it's all just dictionaries.

Edited 2014-04-30 21:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by moondevil on Thu 1st May 2014 06:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

For kids around 6 - 10 years old, yes it is complicated.

This is the age many of us started coding back in the golden BASIC days.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Really?

How simple is it do simple things?

hello world

Basic

10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD"

Python

print "Hello World"


Console i/o

BASIC

10 PRINT "What is your name?"
20 READ $A
30 PRINT "HELLO $A"

Python

name = raw_input("What is your name?\n");
print "Hello " + name


I don't think python is more difficult for simple things.

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