Friday, May 2, 2014

50 Years BASIC

Yesterday was the 50st anniversary of our beloved BASIC programming language, so Happy belated Birthday from Ancient Wonderworld.

People have written about the occasion in detail elsewhere already, so I'm not going to bother with a full length article.

Just a fun fact that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere: Did you know that BASIC wasn't always called BASIC? When John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz started to work on the language in 1963, they orginally called it Dartmouth Oversimplified Programming Experiment, or short DOPE. I wonder what they were smoking...

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