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BASIC (TRS-80 Model I)

since 1977 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1979)

Two versions of the BASIC programming language were produced for the Model I. Level I BASIC fit in 4 KB of ROM, and Level II BASIC fit into 12 KB of ROM. Level I was single precision only and had a smaller set of commands. Level II introduced double precision floating point support and had a much wider set of commands. Level II was further enhanced when a disk system was added, allowing for the loading of Disk BASIC.

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codewritinfool
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xurizaemon
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codewritinfool - 4 years
vangale - 1 years
cherimullins - 8 years
shiny - 38 years
jtauber - 1 years
supakoo - 2 years
dabeaz - 1 years
xurizaemon - 5 years
deep - 4 years
davidpaccoud - 3 years
gklein - 30 years
eMBee - 2 years
Josh - 23 years
1979–1982
1980–
got a trs 80 - had to type stuff in.. except sometimes they didn't work straight from the book so i had to work them out
1980
Wrote a limited accounting system from a local contractor on his TRS-80.
1980–1987
1981
My Dad borrowed a Dick Smith System 80 (a TRS-80 Model 1 clone) and photocopied a book on BASIC for me. He also wrote some programs for it himself for me to study from.
1981–1982
Years are guesses. I do remember buying a 5 1/4 floppy so I could save the space invaders game I was making.
1983–1987
Buying games on disk was expensive, typing them in was educational. Decades later, my mother's ploy appears to have paid off.
1983
Wrote BASIC programs on the TRS-80 Model 3 in junior high school (8th grade)
1985–1988
1986–1988
My first self learned programming language on an old Video Genie (a TRS-80 clone) offered by an oncle.
1988–1989
learned basic in highschool on a TRS-80 (a room full of TRS-80 machines that booted off a TRS-80 server)
1988–
1995–
I picked up a TRS-80 Color II in 1995 or so, just for fun. Still pull it out occasionally.

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