GOTO 50: 7 ways to celebrate BASIC’s golden anniversary

The language that helped make programming accessible to everyone is turning 50. Here are 7 ways to mark this historic occasion
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It was 50 years ago today...

May 1, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the BASIC (Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) programming language. It was at 4:00 am on May 1, 1964 on the Dartmouth College campus that a BASIC program was first run. In fact, several brief BASIC programs were run simultaneously at that time on the new Dartmouth Time-Sharing System (DTSS). BASIC was created by professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz as a simpler alternative to existing, more complex languages like Fortran and Algol. BASIC quickly became a phenomenon and the language that introduced many people to programming. In case you were unable to attend BASIC’s 50th anniversary celebrations at Dartmouth, here are 7 ways that you can commemorate this programming milestone.

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