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).
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Have a 5 since I was scouring through here to find someone else who started with Pascal. It was my gateway drug and decided it was what I loved to do. A year later I was on to the harder stuff (C++) and even experimented with some x86 Assembly in college.
JOVIAL (I've always like the acronym: Jule's Own Version of the International Algorithmic Language.)
Looking forward to another 40 years of learning new languages.
Ada was the designated language for the embedded x86 systems but it wasn't ready for prime time, so someone (AF) came up with the idea that JOVIAL was acceptable as an interim design/test language. I've had the same experience with other AF technologies over the years.
It's been fun watching the reinvention of concepts and the gradual assimilation of stuff like functional programming into the "new" languages. FORTH? LISP? ABC?
In the end, it's how we render the algorithm into machine instructions (macro/micro) and how we can make sure our high-level code describes the problem completely, efficiently, and without failures.