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QBasic

since 1991 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1986)

Like QuickBASIC, but unlike earlier versions of Microsoft BASIC, QBasic is a structured programming language, supporting constructs such as subroutines and while loops. Line numbers, a concept often associated with BASIC, are supported for compatibility, but are not considered good form, having been replaced by descriptive line labels. QBasic has limited support for user-defined data types (structures), and several primitive types used to contain strings of text or numeric data.

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deep
abtin
codewritinfool
codewritinfool
shiny
Vector
jorjun
zellyn
bmaxwell
sarahewelch
boutell
gg
Ben
enki
beaugunderson
jefftriplett
greyfade
BenMcNelly
mdridley
mattimck
carljm
gsiegman
stephen_mcd
sfaruque
luchak
johnny723
ntoll
Sitwon
mfandreas
daniellindsley
Sitwonade
bocke
soryu2
cstejerean
sbastn
kcunning
barneyboo
sbaydoun
bkonkle
ShawnMilo
joalcorn
kratorius
jmillikin
MattBowen
lambacck
xxv
ghoseb
givas
noah
dmnd
larry
natevw
mallipeddi
mouseroot
devien
quakehead
Junafani
bittercoder
anoop
banterability
bkopanja
Matt
beshrkayali
Kanru
robbles
bkokash
edv4rd0
Rgoodermote
Raisapius
ssbr
deep - 8 years
abtin - 1 years
codewritinfool - 9 years
codewritinfool - 9 years
shiny - 31 years
Vector - 3 years
jorjun - 5 years
zellyn - 4 years
bmaxwell - 29 years
sarahewelch - 7 years
boutell - 4 years
gg - 3 years
Ben - 9 years
enki - 3 years
beaugunderson - 10 years
jefftriplett - 4 years
greyfade - 7 years
BenMcNelly - 5 years
mdridley - 4 years
mattimck - 3 years
carljm - 5 years
gsiegman - 6 years
stephen_mcd - 2 years
sfaruque - 5 years
luchak - 3 years
johnny723 - 3 years
ntoll - 1 years
Sitwon - 7 years
mfandreas - 2 years
daniellindsley - 6 years
Sitwonade - 7 years
bocke - 4 years
soryu2 - 2 years
cstejerean - 3 years
sbastn - 4 years
kcunning - 5 years
barneyboo - 7 years
sbaydoun - 4 years
bkonkle - 6 years
ShawnMilo - 2 years
joalcorn - 3 years
kratorius - 4 years
jmillikin - 6 years
MattBowen - 3 years
lambacck - 3 years
xxv - 3 years
ghoseb - 2 years
givas - 1 years
noah - 4 years
dmnd - 2 years
larry - 21 years
natevw - 6 years
mallipeddi - 1 years
mouseroot - 21 years
devien - 2 years
quakehead - 1 years
Junafani - 4 years
bittercoder - 3 years
anoop - 4 years
banterability - 3 years
bkopanja - 2 years
Matt - 2 years
beshrkayali - 2 years
Kanru - 18 years
robbles - 2 years
bkokash - 5 years
edv4rd0 - 2 years
Rgoodermote - 3 years
Raisapius - 2 years
ssbr - 1 years
1986–1993
1986
1987–
1987–1995
1988–1992
Qedit was the editor, I believe. Not a bad editor for DOS...
1988–1990
Fascination with the world of programming started with a Commodore 64 and this fun language.
1989–1992
On friends' computers.
1989–1992
(QuickBASIC, mostly) Educational software development with the University of Delaware instructional technology folks. And lots of BBS nonsense.
1989–
1989–1995
1990–1998
1990–1992
1990–1992
The years are very much an estimate. QBasic was my first exposure to a programming language, as I had to open the code in order to run "Snake" and "Gorillas" on my father's 286. My first programming stemmed from trying to understand, and then modify snake: I thought it improper that the head was indistinguishable from the tail.
1990–1999
1991–1994
I attempted to make many video games on my 386.
1991–1997
Got a shiny new 386 with DOS, and QBasic was the only thing it had that I knew of that let me write little toy programs. I miss Gorillas.BAS.
1991–1995
Ah yes, hacking gorillas and nibbles and trying to make games on my dads 386, my dad even payed a college student $100 hour to come teach me programming on Saturdays during one summer.
1992–1993
My earliest memory of coding - sprite animations on a 486
1992–1994
1992–1996
We hacked Nibbles like crazy; added stuff like wormholes/teleporters, moving/blinking walls, random debris falling from the sky... fun times.
1992–1997
1992–1995
1992–1994
1992–1996
Accidentally discovered this language. The GOTO command will always be remembered.
1993
Hacked together a silly little script on the *only* available PC at the Royal College of Music. I must've been the only person to use the machine for stuff other than fighting with crappy wordprocessing.
1993–1995
That's the computer language we used in HKCEE exam.
1993–1999
Got my first computer. Windows 3.1.
1993–1994
1993–1998
1993–1999
Got my first computer. Windows 3.1.
1993–1996
1994–1999
I got books from the library on programming text adventures when I was 12, and QBASIC was my playground.
1994–1997
Used to do crazy animations and infinite loops on this. Was fun to draw with. Got me hooked into programming
1994–1998
1994–2000
Armed with my book on Structured BASIC (the contents of which could be reduced to 'Don't GOTO') I thought I was going to change the world from my 75Mhz P1. I did not.
1994–1995
This is where I started. Taught myself some Basic before learning Pascal in school.
1994–1997
The first language I used and experienced the creativity in programming.
1994–1995
Played with QBasic on a friend's computer, and eventually used it at home. The only thing I remember implementing in it was a pretty "screensaver" that printed randomly-colored asterisks in random positions, then deleted them individually.
1994–1996
1995–1998
1995–1997
1995–2000
Self-taught during elementary school. Even relatively simple things like changing the font color were hours-long exercises in discovery; It was lots of fun, even though my programs never progressed much beyond the "what's your name?" stage.
1995–1996
1995–1997
QBasic shipped with DOS 6.1 and I spent a lot of middle school fooling with it. We wrote a ton of games a lots of little utilities until finally moving on to C.
1995–1997
1995–1997
1996
My first contact with programming languages.
1997–2002
Mostly just played Nibbles and Gorrilla Wars, but did make/start some more useful apps on 286–486 DOS machines.
1997–1998
my first venture into programming. not much more than hello world with funky text colours, but then again i was only 10
1997–1998
1997
I don't even recollect exactly what I did with QBASIC. I remember writing a lot of simple programs to calculate stuff from my math textbooks and double-checking my math homework using the computer. Unusually I learnt C first and then stumbled on BASIC. Hardware - I'd a second-hand AST Pentium 386 laptop which someone loaned to me. It had Windows 3.1 on it.
1997–2000
1997–
1997–
When i was really getting into dos programming
1998–2000
QBasic I adopted immediately after GWBasic - I wrote a number of different games and programs in this language before moving on to Turbo C++.
1998–2001
1998–1999
1998
Wrote my first program in this.
1998–2000
1998–2001
Used this on Win 3.11 and Windows 98.
1999–2000
Everybody has to start somewhere
2000–2001
It's like the first step on a PC.
2000–2004
2000–
2000–2001
CLS PRINT "I CANT BELIEVE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO STILL WRITE IN BASIC"
2001–2002
2004–2006
2006–2007
Actually, it was FreeBASIC, a "modernized" version of QBASIC. I liked its higher flexibility than Yabasic, but I eventually abandoned it for Python.
2008
Can you believe I was taught this in high school? Augh!
I can't remember when I used this but it was because I wanted to do some quick development on a Windows box that didn't have anything else.
Used it very little in college and helping friends. Do not remember the dates.

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