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TI BASIC (TI 99/4A)

since unknown year (earliest usage recorded on this site was 1983)

TI BASIC was a dialect of BASIC for the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Home Computer (1981), developed under contract to Microsoft by Bob Wallace and Bob Greenberg. A version supporting compiled code was also used as a commercial development language for the TI-990 range of minicomputers.

NOTE: this is distinct from TI-BASIC, the calculator language.

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reed - 4 years
bmaxwell - 34 years
douglasstarnes - 4 years
carljm - 4 years
audreyr - 3 years
eculver - 7 years
1983–1986
1984–
I wrote my first program on my TI99 at age 4...
1985–1988
With a TV as a monitor, a tape cassette for storage, and a subscription to Home Computer Magazine I was hooked.
1989–1992
First programming I ever did was on this hand-me-down "set-top box" with the static state cartridges (and oh, the games: Parsec, Donkey Kong...). I never hooked up the cassette recorder for persistent storage, so all my programs were recorded longhand in a spiral notebook and re-typed each time. I wrote a pretty massive RPG (considering), and a program that played "Happy Birthday".
1990–1992
My first exposure to programming, with this computer and a black and white tv.
1997–2003
Ah, the TI-99/4A. I spent many long hours copying programs from books into mine, figuring out what made them tick. I tended not to tweak them too much, though, because not only did it require about an hour just to punch in a program that was already provided, but saving your own meant dealing with the fiddly cassette recorder. The only thing that made it all worth it: the speech synthesizer.

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