May 1st, 2008

Allah Sulu-Lego

Hello, World

10 REM Subject : On This Date in 1964, the First BASIC Program Runs
20 REM URL     :
30 REM
40 REM Stand in the place where you live...
50 REM
100 PRINT "On this day in 1964, the first BASIC program was run. From the Wired article:"
110 PRINT "Mathematicians John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz had been trying to make computing"
120 PRINT "more accessible to their undergraduate students. One problem was that available"
130 PRINT "computing languages like Fortran and Algol were so complex that you really had to"
140 PRINT "be a professional to use them. BASIC is still alive and well these days, from
150 PRINT "Microsoft's to cross-platform variants like REALbasic. For the old-school
160 PRINT "among us, there's always Joshua Bell's Apple II BASIC emulator implemented in"
170 PRINT "Javascript."
999 END