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BASIC

since 1963 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1968)

In computer programming, BASIC (an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of high-level programming languages. The original BASIC was designed in 1964 by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA to provide computer access to non-science students. At the time, nearly all use of computers required writing custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians tended to be able to do. The language and its variants became widespread on microcomputers in the late 1970s and 1980s. BASIC remains popular to this day in a handful of highly modified dialects and new languages influenced by BASIC such as Microsoft Visual Basic.

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1968–1990
Used in various variants from QBASIC through BASIC PLUS to Visual BASIC
1970–
Original on a TTY, and BIICAC (extended basic) later. I guess there's no end date, if intermittent work with Borland stuff & then modern Visual Basic over the decades counts
1970–
The very first computer program I wrote was around 1970 when I was in high school. I can't say for sure the language was Basic. All I can remember is that I wrote the program by using "mark sense" cards, where a soft pencil was used to fill in squares on a card, which was then read by an optical reader and sent to the computer. The program calculated the area of a triangle.
1974–
1975
Using my cousin's university account wrote my first ever program on pencil marked cards and submitted as a batch job.
1977–1985
Although not listed my first language was DR Basic on a Heathkit CP/M machine. I later got a Z80 card for my ][e so I could continue to use it.
1978–1980
I used this on a UK-101 which was a UK kit version of the Ohio Superboard http://oldcomputers.net/osi-600.html
1978–1987
The programming language used in a "Computers for Kids" course taught at the community college. Wrote short BASIC programs on punch-cards and fed them into an IBM mainframe. Later wrote BASIC programs on an Ohio Scientific Superboard II computer. This system had 8K of RAM and Microsoft BASIC installed.
1978–
1979–1992
Learned on commodore PET, and later on the BBC Micro in 1984. Slow run-time speeds spurred me to get into assembler.
1979–1980
First basic was on a teletype to guildford uni from school. I wrote a monopoly game and stored it on punched tape - used a whole reel. Learned Sinclair Basic for the ZX80. Then moved to Forth and refused ever to go back.
1979–1984
AppleSoft Basic
1979–
1980–1990
1980–
i did a lotta basic on the trs80, and lots more using GW-basic on XT, AT and later
1980–1983
1980–1988
thanks, lawrence hall of science. later various TRS-80's for grades and last used ca. 1988 for controlling experimental apparati. I haven't had call to use it since, but that doesn't mean one never encounters the occasional animated corpse ... cf. http://augustss.blogspot.com/2009/02/is-haskell-fast-lets-do-simple.html
1980–1982
I used Basic to determine probabilities for various slot machines and video poker machines.
1980–
1981–1986
Used a bunch of different dialects but mostly Color Basic and (especially) AppleSoft Basic.
1981–1992
I cut my teeth on the TRS-80 Model III. No graphics to speak of, so I spent a lot of time writing text adventures with D&D combat rules, multiplayer variations on HAMURABI, things of this nature.
1981–1987
1982–1995
First BBC Basic then AMOS Basic on the Amiga.
1982–1983
I used this on a TI-99/4A but am not sure if it was a ANSI version or the TI specific variant
1982–2000
Various dialects, starting with IBM 5110, thru HP250, to Visual Basic.
1982–1985
N-BASIC on PC-8001 by NEC.
1982–1984
1983–1987
TI-99/4A Extended Basic
1983–
1983–
1984–1988
TRS-80 Model III.
1984–1987
First language. Only one that came with my Compaq Deskpro back in 1984.
1984–
We all learned basic at one point. It's what made us the twisted, hateful shells of humanity that we are.
1984–1986
It was a dialect of BASIC called QNE Basic for using BTrieve files as a database in a LAN environment - primitive file locking and so forth. Used EXTENDED DOS Characters to "draw" screen. It was on an internship and I got to write an entire application from scratch with the actual customer... nearly agile!
1984–1992
1984–
1984–1989
10 print "hello" 20 goto 10 HELL YEAH!
1984–1988
1985–1993
1985–
My first experiences with Basic where learning the language (without even having a computer) from listings in "learn to the program" books aimed at children in the early 80's - I moved on from there to APPLESOFT BASIC, then COMMODORE BASIC, GWBASIC, QBASIC and then Visual Basic.
1985–1990
Purely educational.
1985–1995
1985–1995
Began coding on a TRS-80 CoCo 2 using the built-in BASIC ROM. Ended with an Apple ][e in junior high.
1985–1988
On a ZX Spectrum+ and an Amstrad PCW in Nigeria (Port Harcourt)
1985–1988
The "Java" of my time. Everyone was learning with it.
1986–
The first computer language I ever learned. I can't remeber the exact year. My dad taught it to me on our Apple IIe.
1986–1989
My first programming experience, on my friend's Atari 800. Beautiful.
1986
Brief dabbling trying out programming. Had an old games console that booted into basic if there was no cartridge. Atari 400 I think.
1987–
My first language, on a ZX-81!
1987–1993
1987–
1987–1992
Pretty sure I haven't used it since "upgrading" to Turbo Pascal.
1987–1989
1988–
My second programming language after LOGO. I use to take paper to my grade school library and I'd write the code down from 3-2-1 contact magazine so I could try out the programs from our class rooms Apple IIe. Later I used GW-Basic when I was on a PC.
1988–1995
1988–1991
First time I saw code
1988–
1989–1992
1989–1993
1989–1996
TI-BASIC on a TI-99/4A, later the TI-83 graphing calculator and hacking Nibbles on MS QBASIC.
1989–1990
In 4th grade, one of classmates dads worked at Unisys or something and came in to teach GWBASIC one day a week. I proceeded to write program after program that told my friends they were losers, and that I was awesome based on the name you entered. I'm glad I was like 9, otherwise that would have gotten old pretty quickly.
1989–1990
Thompson TO8 programming.
1989–1990
Toying with the gwbasic that came with dos 4.0
1989–1997
1990–
1990–
1991–1993
1991–1999
C64 baby! Then QBasic on my 286 and 486
1992–1993
Learned a little BASIC in 6th grade. I made an animation of a cliff jumper diving into the ocean.... splash.
1992–1993
1992–1995
1993–2000
I learned to program in BASIC on an Apple /// as well as its Apple ][ emulator, and continued to write silly little stuff with it as I collected TRS-80, Commodores and others cheap at garage sales.
1994–1999
1994–1995
1994–1996
Ahh the wonders of dos and basic
1994–2005
Whether it was QBASIC or Spectrum BASIC, I dabbled from a worryingly early age - and unfortunately had to return to it up until Higher Computing :\
1994–1997
1994–1995
Did some gwbasic in high school.
1994–1996
My brother snagged an Atari 800XL from a vintage game shop when I was in elementary school, and I got the books and tapes for learning Atari Basic and wrote some very simple basic programs to make it ask for input and change screen colors.
1994–2004
1995–1997
My first programming language
1995–
1995–1998
I accidentally learned BASIC on a Sharp graphing calculator (and later TI) as a side effect of trying to avoid having to memorize physics equations. Turned out that after I'd expressed them as software I couldn't forget them.
1995–1998
My first programming language
1996–1998
Like many before, lost my coding v-card to basic.
1997–
1998–2000
AmigaBasic on my Amiga600 got me interested in programming. So this is the starting point.
1998–2002
aaa.. i was a teenager :D
1998–2001
1999–
2000–2003
2001–2005
First language. Wrote a lot of games.
2001–2004
2002–2003
My first contact with software development, on a home-made 486 at the age of 14.
2002
2003–
2005–2010
My first programming language was Yabasic. It was a pretty standard BASIC dialect, but lacked some of the more advanced features that dialects like QBASIC had. Still, I loved making various tools and toys with it. In my video game design class, I used to use a language called DarkBASIC, but I quit using it after graduating high school.
Possibly the first language I ever used, when I was 11 or 12, at school. They made us write a program to calculate the area of a triangle.

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