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QuickBASIC

since 1985 (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1986)

Microsoft QuickBASIC (also QB or incorrectly, "QBasic", which is a different system) is an Integrated Development Environment (or IDE) and compiler for the BASIC programming language that was developed by Microsoft.

QuickBASIC runs mainly on DOS, though there was a short-lived version for Mac OS. It is loosely based on GW-BASIC but adds user-defined types, improved programming structures, better graphics and disk support and a compiler in addition to the interpreter. Microsoft marketed QuickBASIC as the introductory level for their BASIC Professional Development System.

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codewritinfool
rah
jdunck
UloPe
bmaxwell
RossP
audreyr
nathans
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codewritinfool - 10 years
rah - 1 years
jdunck - 5 years
UloPe - 7 years
bmaxwell - 29 years
RossP - 4 years
audreyr - 4 years
nathans - 5 years
larry - 22 years
patrick - 20 years
1986
Built a Collateralized Mortgage Obligation simulator with it on a Compaq portable. No. Really.
1986–1995
1987–1991
My first programming - accidentally discovered magic logical stuff going on when I edited rather than ran a .bas file (IIRC). I could have sworn it was earlier than this, and on an Apple][+, but it was definitely a throwing-bananas artillery game. Wikipedia says gorilla.bas wasn't released until 1991, so perhaps I recall incorrectly.
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1989–1995
1992–1995
Taught to me by the neighbours' babysitter! You can see that after messing about with QBasic for a little while I stopped coding until the world wide web came around and the era of 'CGI Scripts' began for me.
1993–1996
1994–1998
My first exposure to programming. Had a blast writing text adventure games.
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