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Question: With what you *do* remember, what computer has FIRST inspired you to create BASIC programming?  (Voting closed: February 21, 2004, 10:03:59 PM)
Texas Instruments TI-99/4A - 0 (0%)
Apple II series - 1 (5.6%)
Atari 400/800/1200 series - 0 (0%)
IBM PC - 4 (22.2%)
IBM PCjr - 1 (5.6%)
Commodore VIC-20 - 0 (0%)
Commodore 64/128 series - 2 (11.1%)
Commodore Amiga - 0 (0%)
other (please specify) - 10 (55.6%)
Total Voters: 17

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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2004, 10:05:20 AM »

The C64 had a really neat BASIC on cartridge called Simon's Basic. It was vastly better than Microsoft's built-in BASIC V2, but of course, used a bit more memory.
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2004, 10:07:12 AM »

My first computer was a Pentium 233MMX Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 23, 2004, 10:58:08 AM »

Toshiba T2000SXe, I think it's a 386 with 640k RAM



It's still running, but with dead batteries and a glitchy power cable...
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« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2004, 05:14:44 PM »

good old IBM pcjr, only computer that NEVER froze on me and did everything at the snap of a finger.
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2004, 05:36:23 PM »

I first programmed in Basic on a General Electric Timesharing System in 1969, using a teletype as a terminal.
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« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2004, 08:00:47 PM »

Wow, that should be one of the first BASIC versions ever...

To know my "history", go here-> http://imaginatica.us.es/~wopr2k/speccy/oldies.html
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« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2004, 12:02:46 AM »

Yes, Nathan, General Electric´s Basic version was probably one of the first implementations of the original Dartmouth Basic of 1965. You were forced to use the LET.

BTW, I like the little puppy dog in your Phantomas 5.
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« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2004, 01:57:22 AM »

the version of basic moneo used and the one used on the trash were pretty close, chronologically. After all, MS basic is based on DECbasic code stolen from dumpsters. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2004, 09:48:05 AM »

Yeah, the basic version I used to code these games on the ZX Spectrum used LETs and stuff like that as well. SINCLAIR BASIC was hell and heaven at the same time, it was designed to perform many things with just 80 keywords.

This is a short snipped from one of my old games:

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100 REM MOVIMIENTO
 102 IF sal=1 AND nu>0 AND w<20 THEN IF ATTR (w+1,a)<>bgc OR ATTR (w+1,a+1)<>bgc THEN LET sal=0: RETURN
 110 IF sal=1 THEN GO TO 200
 115 IF ATTR (w+1,a)=bgc AND ATTR (w+1,a+1)=bgc THEN LET w=w+1: GO SUB 700: RETURN
 117 IF IN 57342=189 AND facing=0 THEN LET facing=1: PRINT AT w-1,a; PAPER ps; INK is;"&'";AT w,a;"()": RETURN
 120 IF IN 57342=189 THEN IF a>0 THEN IF ATTR (w-1,a-1)=bgc AND ATTR (w,a-1)=bgc THEN LET a=a-1: LET facing=1: GO SUB 900: GO SUB 710
 127 IF IN 57342=190 AND facing=1 THEN LET facing=0: PRINT AT w-1,a; PAPER ps; INK is;" !";AT w,a;"""#": RETURN
 130 IF IN 57342=190 THEN IF a<30 THEN IF ATTR (w-1,a+2)=bgc AND ATTR (w,a+2)=bgc THEN LET facing=0: GO SUB 900: GO SUB 720: LET a=a+1
 140 IF IN 64510=190 THEN IF ATTR (w+1,a)<>bgc OR ATTR (w+1,a+1)<>bgc THEN LET sal=1: LET nu=0
 150 RETURN


It makes you go dizzy  Shocked
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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2004, 11:44:36 AM »

But you could do that (i forgot Spectrum's exact syntax):

INPUT "Input the function of x you want to plot"  a$
FOR x=-10 TO 10 STEP .1
PSET x,val$(a$),color
NEXT

And you had the function plotted!The language allowed you to use the expression evaluator of the language from a Basic program...
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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2004, 01:12:40 PM »

Yeah, that was a great feature, but I think the correct syntax was:

Code:
10 INPUT "Input the function of x you want to plot"; a$
20 FOR x=-10 TO 10 STEP .1
30 PLOT INK colo; 25*x, val(a$)
40 NEXT x


That basic was so nifty. I've always thought on writing a Sinclair Basic interpreter for the PC, maybe if I find the time... some day...
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2004, 01:48:48 PM »

1995 (OK I'm not as old as you guys :roll:), on a PC (don't remember exact model). My dad was doing some programming for his work, and I though it was cool he could decide what the computer should do like that, so I wanted to learn, and he brought up qbasic for me, and thought me some stuff. My first program calculated how many money he should pay me each month Wink . Later I taught him VB...
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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2004, 02:59:53 PM »

Nathan:
The ZX-Spectrum created a style....

http://www.hulla-balloo.com/vplanet/ruview17.shtml

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« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2004, 06:35:27 PM »

Lol - What I say: "Excellent graphics only for trained eyes".

It's a pitty that I got my speccy in 1988. I missed much of the "good times".
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