Tag Archives: BASIC

My Journey Began with BASIC

Originally published on: Sun, 13 Mar 2011. “It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration” – Edsger Dijkstra My … Continue reading

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Back to BASIC

I saw this nice post about learning to write programs on a TRS-80 computer. http://baugues.com/trs-80/ I noted a number of comments on an aggregator site each suggesting using modern programming languages with interactive environments as an analogue to those days. … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Birthtday, BASIC

10 PRINT “HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, BASIC !”; 20 GOTO 10 Happy 50th birthday to the programming language that brought computing to the masses in the 70’s and 80’s !

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Extending Commodore 64 BASIC

Back in the day, I used to write machine-language subroutines for the Commodore 64 that I would then call from a main program written in BASIC. I found it easier to use BASIC as the higher-order controller over a set … Continue reading

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My Favorite BASIC One-Liner

A new book called 10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5 + RND (1)); : GOTO 10 was discussed on HackerNews. The title of the book is a one-line BASIC statement for the Commodore 64 computer that will generate a continuously scrolling maze on … Continue reading

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Ancient Devtools

When I first began using microcomputers in the late 1970’s, development tools for 8-bit machines were precious and mysterious commodities.  Most of these sorts of tools that looked to be useful were very expensive.  My usage of most of these … Continue reading

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