On 04/02/2008 04:29:27 PM, Tim wrote:
On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 09:31 -0500, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> Microsoft's entry into the personal computer market was by
> a version of BASIC that for several operating systems.
And wasn't it awful... I know BASIC's sneered upon, as there are
of better things, but BASIC was a simple starting position for a lot
people. It was also the only system available for a lot of home
personal computing, for a long time. Though, it typically was a very
feature limited interpreter. We had it on a Data General mainframe,
amongst other languages, and that went in the opposite direction -
featured, and gave you very verbose and lengthy error reports about
Many years ago I can remember tinkering around with Microsoft's BASIC
the Amiga, since it was the only programming language I had to play
on it, at the time. And actually managing to make a small relational
database with it, even though it hardly has the features that you
for something like that. It wasn't anything really complex though,
interrelated databases of services, clients, quotes, and the ability
turn a quote into an invoice.
Ugliest BASIC _I_ can vaguely remember was on a
Memory say it was from U of British Columbia or some such. It was a
Unix BASIC, which I ran into about 1983.
Best part was Varian shipped it on the instrument, but there was no
lead to _any_ documentation anywhere.