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: GWBASIC
by AndyB on Thu 1st May 2014 13:30 UTC in reply to "GWBASIC"
AndyB
Member since:
2013-03-22

I also have to use JS and PHP, but every time I use them I feel dirty...

Why???

There are way worse things to program in, ever tried ASP scripting?

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RE[2]: GWBASIC
by biffuz on Thu 1st May 2014 15:00 in reply to "RE: GWBASIC"
biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

"I also have to use JS and PHP, but every time I use them I feel dirty...

Why???
"
Weird OO features, dynamic typing, weird syntax... you know, this sort of stuff.

There are way worse things to program in, ever tried ASP scripting?

No.

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RE[2]: GWBASIC
by Soulbender on Thu 1st May 2014 15:25 in reply to "RE: GWBASIC"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why???


Because PHP is the single worst programming language ever invented?
Granted JS isn't nearly as bad but it's still a bit awkward and that's not even going into how sucky it is to work with the DOM.

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RE[3]: GWBASIC
by daedalus on Thu 1st May 2014 15:46 in reply to "RE[2]: GWBASIC"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Funny, I really like PHP. Could never really get into ASP which seemed to over-complicate everything for me, and the less said about perl the better... Personally I've always loved dynamic typing and arrays, and the loose sort of programming they allow. It's probably from doing a lot of ARexx programming in the past - PHP is remarkably similar in some ways now that I think about it!

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