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RT @science2_0
Today in 1964 BASIC made its debut, in an effort to take programming out of the world of machine language.

Share if you're old enough to have gotten your start with it.

@ceejbot BASIC was the first language I tried to learn. I didn't get very far. Something about it just didn't click with me, or perhaps I didn't have a good computer to learn, I don't remember the specifics as this was a long time ago.

Later, Javascript became the first language I actually learned, followed quickly by a half dozen other languages.

@urusan @ceejbot The trick is to just almost have no option *but* to learn and to have plenty of examples, that's how I learned BASIC (highschool calculators, our provincial education system had a deal with Texas Instruments so TI-83+'s were mandatory; with just a 3.5mm stereo cable you could transfer applications between calculators, so anyone could write a game or something and share it with anyone else at school, and you could edit on the calculcators so could make a copy & then tweak).

@urusan @ceejbot BASIC was great until you had to insert more lines than you'd left free line numbers. I usually gave up on programs at that level of complexity.

PowerBASIC was my favourite dialect, before I discovered other languages. Gone were the line numbers; GOTO was fine with labels. There were even functions (SUB).

I just checked, the IDE/compiler is still being sold, albeit in a Windows version nowadays. Hah.

@ceejbot

You mean this?

archive.org/details/bitsavers_

I learned BASIC the first time sometime around 1967, in 3rd or 4th grade and without a computer, from a book I got from the post library. I wrote my programs out longhand, never more than a page long, never executed, now lost.

Got hands-on experience next in 1976, on a Wang 2200T, no mass storage at first. Programs written longhand and then entered as quickly as we could in our 15 minute timeslots, debugged, and paper copies updated.

@ceejbot There was a really cool program named TNT Basic on MacOS around 2000, allowing to easily create games in basic. It's how I started !

@ceejbot I don't think I'm old enough but I started programming with Visual Basic 6.0 which is a later derivative from Microsoft to make it capable of building business/enterprise software.

I couldn't remember how it happened in the first place, I think I was in a random software store, the cover piqued my interest and my dad allowed me to buy it.

He later bought me a CD filled with interactive tutorials and example code.

@ceejbot Far later, he showed me how he used to work with DOS. He setup a VirtualBox VM with MS-DOS 6.22 from a boot disk taken from allbootdisks.

It introduced me to QBASIC and back then, I just use it to make graphics programs.

The last time I used VB was with VB 2010 where I just toy around making non-working programs and play with the form builder.

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