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BASIC finally recognised ...

Post by topcat96 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:15 pm

After just over 55 years, the birthplace of BASIC has been honoured with a memorial marker in New Hampshire.

Thanks to a campaign by local paper columnist David Brooks, the New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker was installed earlier this month.

Professor John Kemeny, Maths professor Thomas Kurtz, and a group undergraduate students at Dartmouth College created BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). The first program ran on 1 May 1964.

They also created time-sharing to open up access to all students at the college. The idea was that the computers should be used by all students, not just those studying technical subjects.

The marker was going to include both these achievements but they wouldn't fit onto a small road sign.

BASIC provided the first programming experience for a couple of generations of schoolkids. In the UK, Sinclair computers and later the Acorn/BBC Micro both used versions of BASIC.

But it also had a long life beyond schools − Microsoft's Paul Allen and Bill Gates' first product was a version of BASIC.

https://images2.imgbox.com/68/f0/81F0RTBE_o.jpg (Commemorative plaque)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dartmouth ... 275728555/ (Original 1960's pictures)

https://www.dartmouth.edu/basicfifty/ (50 years of BASIC website 2014)


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Re: BASIC finally recognised ...

Post by lurkio » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:18 pm

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Nice!

But surely it should have been on a STOP sign.

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Post by 1024MAK » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:49 pm

topcat96 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Professor John Kemeny, Maths professor Thomas Kurtz, and a group undergraduate students at Dartmouth College created BASIC (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Set).
Err, did they change the name? My understanding from the early 1980s is that BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

Good to see that it is being recognised =D> 8)

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Post by topcat96 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:35 pm

@Mark

The original story that my previous post was taken from did indeed say "Set" instead of "Code" ... It was an error by the article's author that was subsequently corrected later.
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Post by Kazzie » Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:06 pm

The word "command-set" is floating in the back of my memory, but that may have been my overactive imagination at work.
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