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    Anyone else learn old BASIC

    Just wondering, did anyone else learn this style BASIC when they first started programming?

    Code:
    AUTO
    10 REM program to enter a word
    20 REM coded by Pete
    30 PRINT "Enter a word: "
    40 INPUT A$
    50 ENDPROC
    60 END
    Its the first language I learnt and it got me into programming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    Just wondering, did anyone else learn this style BASIC when they first started programming?

    Code:
    AUTO
    10 REM program to enter a word
    20 REM coded by Pete
    30 PRINT "Enter a word: "
    40 INPUT A$
    50 ENDPROC
    60 END
    Its the first language I learnt and it got me into programming.
    Yup, and I did a few fairly large projects in ABC80 Basic and PDP-11 Basic.

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    What about Hansoft 4th:
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    ." Countdown: " -1 10 do i . space -1 +loop ." Blast Off!!!" cr
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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    Just wondering, did anyone else learn this style BASIC when they first started programming?

    Code:
    AUTO
    10 REM program to enter a word
    20 REM coded by Pete
    30 PRINT "Enter a word: "
    40 INPUT A$
    50 ENDPROC
    60 END
    Its the first language I learnt and it got me into programming.
    I believe so, yes. Although I don't seem to remember doing any procedural programming like in there. I started with Sinclair BASIC on the ZX Spectrum in the early 80s. Before that I had no idea programming even existed and thought games were made in factories.
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    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Its the first language I learnt and it got me into programming.
    me too.
    I wonder whether still anybody use it in the corporate world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesmithx View Post
    me too.
    I wonder whether still anybody use it in the corporate world.
    There are still people writing code in Visual Basic, which is a modern version o Basic.

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    I used to code in Blitz Basic, which is a fairly recent basic variant. The same prog would be:
    Code:
    ;program to enter a word
    ;coded by Pete
    A$ = input("Enter a word: ")
    That was my first language too.

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    My first language was AppleBasic in high school in 1984-1985. Showed a propensity for programming then, too, helping other people in the class. Teacher gave me a book on Pascal and told me I should learn it, but never did. What an idiot...got degreed in biochemistry and then never worked in that either. I didn't actually start programming as a job until 1996. Where would I be if I'd studied CS right out of high school?

    Oh yeah...probably on a mainframe somewhere writing COBOL!

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    I first learned BASIC in 1998 while in middle school. It was QBasic 7.1.
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    yeah, learned it on the VIC-20. I still use PBASIC, a version of basic for the BASIC Stamp. A lot of business's still use BASIC or COBOL, which is very similar IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abachler View Post
    yeah, learned it on the VIC-20. I still use PBASIC, a version of basic for the BASIC Stamp. A lot of business's still use BASIC or COBOL, which is very similar IIRC.
    Yeah, Cobol is similar to Basic in the same sense as Pascal is similar to C. Basic, Cobol and Fortran are non-Algol languages, whilst, C, Pascal, Modula2,3, Oberon and such are based on Algol.

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    Hmm... I'm not sure I see the similarities. Not with Cobol. If anything it feels closer to Algol.

    Meanwhile Algol itself was borrowed from Fortran. So according to the above, matsp, BASIC could be considered an Algol language. It isn't probably because BASIC started on its own and was a mishmash of Algol and Fortran.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Yes, on a TRS-80 in high school. The teacher was pretty much reading from a manual, and I couldn't have been more bored. I didn't start to like programming until college, when I first used FORTRAN 77 (then Pascal, then C, then COBOL).

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    My first language was Pascal. That's the first one I programmed in. I looked into basic ages before that though. It took me a minute to remember what REM was. Is that still the commenter for bat scripts?

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    Doesnt REM mean REMARK? ( as in comment ) Its been a while
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