Join the club (Geriatric Programmers United). Apart from some stats work on a KDF9 using Autocode in the mid 60s, Algol 60 was the first language I earned my bread and butter with. That would be in 1968. I also used some NEAT assembler to drive a 24bit parallel interface we had designed and build, to connect a 250kW alternator up for real time analysis. All good stuff in those days.
Panic, Chaos, Destruction. My work here is done.
Drink. Get drunk. Fall over - P O'H
OK, I will win to day or my name isn't Ethel Crudacre! - DDEthel Crudacre
I cannot live by bread alone. Bacon and ketchup are needed as well. - Trollslayer
Have a bit more patience with newbies. Of course some of them act dumb - they're often *students*, for heaven's sake - Terry Pratchett
Me old too. Learn COBOL then Fortran, Basic (on a teletype 33), Assembler (Burroughs Medium Systems, B263, Z80), ALGOL, SDL/UPL, C, C++, sjioasr.. Sorry, no longer can type. Hands hurt from knuckles dragging on ground. Must go hunt meat.
The FIRST program I ever CHANGED was on a plugboard for an IBM 407 Accounting Machine (check it out in Google) when I was about 5. My dad brought the board home so he could work on a "program" he was "writing", and he left it in his den along with a bunch of wires. I came along and plugged some wires in and took some out, and took the wires to the living room to show Dad. He asked if I got the wires from the board or off the desk. I told him, and we had a discussion about it. It would be like if someone added lines of code to your program and took some out.
Later, when I was in high school, he and I took a class on RPG (Report Program Generator) on an IBM 360. Don't remember ANYTHING about the language, though I DID place a piece of tissue paper in the card deck to mark the place to fix something. Of course I forgot about that piece of paper until it royally jammed the card reader and the instructor found the remains.
From there it was BASIC, Fortran, assembly, TESLA, C, and onwards.
I program for a hobby. Yeah, I know, insane pick for a hobby. I tell people, "that's how I got this hair line". I'm bald.
I started out on 6502(Commadore64) Basic and Assembly. Well unless you want to count the little bit I did on a thing called the "Wang 3000 Desktop Calculator" with it's 360 available programming steps and all in Assembly Language. Then to MS/BASIC => GW-BASIC => Quick BASIC and that's where the similarity ends. When BASIC was taken to a compiled/Object oreinted style the whole world of basic changed drastically.
It took me several attempts, several books and a few years to "get it".
There is no connection from an interpreted / proceedural language to a Compiled / OOP Language!
I voted no, because my first language was BASIC, and I don't consider it to be much like Visual Basic. Also, in the top 20 list, it was clear that Visual BASIC was not considered the same thing as BASIC either.
I've also done some ASM in my life (too little, actually, to be taken into consideration). I saw BASIC around high school for the first time; but the first programming language I dedicated time and effort to learn and train was Pascal.
Today I fiddle with C# almost exclusively (for work and for fun).
Anything that could possibly go wrong in some moment, will definitely go wrong in the worst possible moment... In the worst way that could be possible!
–Finagle's corollary to Murphy's Law (paraphrased).
Of course they aren't the same language, but ask a kid 30 years ago what they program and they might very well say "BASIC". Nostalgia says, 30 years later, they should have the right to say "I'm writing in VB.NET now, and started in BASIC while ABBA was still touring.
Besides, Wikipedia says "BASIC remains popular in numerous dialects and new languages influenced by BASIC such as Microsoft Visual Basic", and so if Wikipedia makes a link, so am I. It's a long bow to stretch, and dammit, I'm stretching it.
First language was FOCAL on a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP8. Talk about squeezing a QUART into a PINT POT! Memory was 4K 12-bit words. Programming via an ASR33 Teletype. You young whipper-snappers don't know you're born! Debugging via the front panel switches and lights. I think I just showed my age here.
4k of RAM, Atari Basic, and saving "code" on a cassette tape. I decided right then and there that I hated Basic, but decided I wanted to be a programmer. I got an Apple //e a couple of years later, and did Pascal on CP/M. That was the first real language I learned, and even got paid to do it on DOS and Windows (back in the day, it was rare that anyone got paid to write in Pascal).
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- "Why don't you tie a kerosene-soaked rag around your ankles so the ants won't climb up and eat your candy ass." - Dale Earnhardt, 1997
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