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[3]: Black Annex
by fabrica64 on Thu 1st May 2014 15:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Black Annex"
fabrica64
Member since:
2013-09-19

I liked the ∈ operator! :-)
But I meant the real BASIC, with line numbers and GOTO 1010

Stating C > BASIC and C > QBasic > BASIC then:
(QBasic - BASIC) > ((C - BASIC) / 4 * 3)

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RE[4]: Black Annex
by daedalus on Thu 1st May 2014 16:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Black Annex"
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2011-01-14

If you consider "real" BASIC to be BASIC with line numbers then of course you probably can't name any code written in it - it went out of fashion decades ago. Even slightly more modern versions of the language have been used to produce some fairly serious code, and are capable of using OS calls and objects which means they can take advantage of the host machine fully which can mean memory-heavy tasks.

I mentioned it up above, but the first version of Worms was written entirely in BASIC, and it's a game that wasn't to be sniffed at code-wise. Obviously nothing compared to a modern game, but for its time it held its own with any other language out there and spawned a huge franchise in the process.

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RE[5]: Black Annex
by zima on Sun 4th May 2014 00:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Black Annex"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Bismarck

...and it's just one I stumbled on recently and had in browsing history, I'm sure there were many more.

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