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Author Topic: Half a century of Basic  (Read 653 times)
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« on: May 20, 2014, 07:08:16 am »

Saturday's WSJ touts May 1 as Basic's 50th birthday.  More precisely, May 1, 19664 at 4:00 am. Lets have a party.  The guys who started basic did good. For the world.   I gather they were two Dartmouth professors, John Kemeny and Tom Kurtz, with assistance from others including then student Mike Busch, They were also among the first advocates for open source computering. 

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 07:16:09 am »

If  x=19664 then goto future
clear screen
print "basic ruled"
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 03:09:13 am »

If  x=19664 then goto future
clear screen
print "basic ruled"

Good Laugh Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Earned my first money with basic. That was before 19664

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2014, 08:55:35 am »

I have always found BASIC to be a very nice and easy to learn language, with some very powerful implementations. It is like writing in highly logical and structured English and I still love it, hence my use of Gambas, which, unfortunately, I don't have time for lately.

I first started programming on IBM ROM BASIC on an IBM XT with 8088 microprocessor, 640 KB RAM and a (then huge) 10 MB HDD. Of course, I quickly moved to IBM BASICa 3.0, which IIRC, came with, or as an addon to, IBM DOS 3.0. After BASICa 3.1, I found QuickBasic and finally MS BASIC PDS 7 (PDS stood for Professional Development System), the latter was basically QuickBasic as an IDE, plus an optimizing BASIC compiler. On PDS 7 I started to learn assembly language on MASM to create auxiliary libraries callable from the compiled BASIC code. It was all quite a lot of fun, really.

Around Windows 3.1 times, I switched to Visual Basic 1.0, then 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0. When VB .net came along, I stayed on VB6...  Grin

I did do some some stuff later on with VB 2005 or 2008, but it was not like programming in BASIC at all, the .net stuff turned it into kind of a C# dialog... Roll Eyes

Then along came Gambas, a pretty good BASIC implementation for Linux, but somewhat limited by the lack of cross-platform development possibilities.

So now I do Java...  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2014, 06:32:25 pm »

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If  x=19664 then goto future

Remember, Overthere, I can always modify my post.

But, then again, I kind of like 19664  Perhaps we will have reinvented computers by then..
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 08:08:25 am »

Most likely not. By then, some "wizard" will come up with an idea that consolidating information at a central location will save everyone money and they'll call it Cloud6000. And all the noobs will jump for joy at such a wonderful suggestion. Until they realize you have to be connected to the network in order to access your information.

Hmmmm. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
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