B A S I C 50 years old

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Patrick FitzGerald, May 3, 2014.

  1. 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.

    The two math professors deeply believed that computer literacy would
    be essential in the years to come, and designed the language–its name
    stood for “Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code”–to be as
    approachable as possible. It worked: at first at Dartmouth, then at
    other schools.

    Patrick FitzGerald, May 3, 2014
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    Pooh Guest

    Sinclair ZX81 from PSIS about then. Games were hard to find that were
    load and play. There was a magazine that had game code in it. Makes me
    much more appreciative of current systems.

    Pooh, May 4, 2014
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    Gordon Guest

    Unlike poltics.
    Gordon, May 4, 2014
  4. Patrick FitzGerald

    Pooh Guest

    Only problem with it was the keyboard. I've seen several recent
    cellphones with bigger ones :O)

    Pooh, May 5, 2014
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