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Story: What was your first programming language?Total Replies: 7
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Bob_Robertson

Aug 30, 2017
11:11 AM EDT
Today, some 39 years since buying myself the book "Basic BASIC", I look at the bash shell prompt and think, "I could solve this in 5 minutes if I had the TRS-80 BASIC shell."

Being able to launch "$ TRS-80" and get the shell my Model 3 had with the disk-access extensions would be great, even though I may be the only person in the world who thinks so.

The solutions used to get useful work out of 4K of RAM have been lost in the sea of hardware which we have inflicted upon ourselves.

Kids these days can't even knap flint!
mbaehrlxer

Aug 30, 2017
3:45 PM EDT
i learned basic on a TRS-80 too. in highschool in 1989. i think the TRS-80 was already antiquated by then, but the school had a whole classroom full of them. they all booted from a server to which they were connected with a serial cable i suppose. that way the floppy disk was freed up for students to save their programs.

greetings, eMBee.
jdixon

Aug 30, 2017
4:12 PM EDT
My first language? Fortran for a college course.

The first language I really used? Basic on the Tandy Color Computer.
penguinist

Aug 30, 2017
4:53 PM EDT
Nostalgia:

The first computer I had that would run a high level (Basic) language was an S100 system with a Z80 card that I soldered together from piece parts.

But really my very first computer (assembly language only) was one I designed on a napkin, wire wrapped, and then debugged. All we had then was the 8bit Intel 8008 chip and it sure did need a lot of support circuitry. Nevertheless, it was a reliable machine for me for years until I finally went with the Z80 upgrade.
CFWhitman

Sep 08, 2017
11:28 AM EDT
The first language I wrote any programs in was BASIC. I believe it was specifically the AppleBASIC (or whatever they called the version of BASIC on Apple II computers; I could be misremembering) that we used in school. I also had a Timex/Sinclair 1000 which had a BASIC shell (mine had the 16K memory upgrade module). I eventually fooled around in QBASIC for DOS a bit, but I never got deeply into that.

I wonder if basic256 or bwbasic would allow me to relive the days when it was the only language I was familiar with.
skelband

Sep 08, 2017
12:58 PM EDT
Vic 20 for me running Commodore Basic.

BTW, hiya Bob! Long time no hear.
jdixon

Sep 08, 2017
8:20 PM EDT
Speaking of first computers, Jerry Pournelle has passed away. Many of us grew up with his computer columns.
cabreh

Sep 09, 2017
9:42 AM EDT
@jdixon

Not to mention his wonderful SF novels.

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