[OT] BASIC Factoid (was Re: [Tutor] Functions !)
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 13:47:53 +0200
On 0, email@example.com wrote:
> > > They are similar. I never did enough BASIC programming to
> > There's actually a reason for that. All versions of BASIC on
> > early PCs were written by, licensed from, and "maintained"
> > by Microsoft. And you thought BASIC was public domain :P
> Gosh, I can't believe I'm aplogising for either MS or BASIC!
> However in the pre IBM PC days BASICs were split about 50/50
> between MS BASIC - A triuly dire but very small ROM version(4K?)
> and various proprietary ones. Commodore used Comodore BASIC
> which was all their own.
I'm not sure. The Commodore 128's startup screen looks like this:
COMMODORE BASIC V7.0 122365 BYTES FREE
(C)1985 COMMODORE ELECTRONICS, LTD.
(C)1977 MICROSOFT CORP.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
> Similarly the Sinclaiir(aka Timex)
> ZX81 had its own version. THE Texas Instruments PC of the
> time (TI/99?) had a very sophisticated BASIC(16K/32K?)
> Most of the Japanese home computers of the '80s used
> the oldest MS version (mandatory line numbers and only
> single character variable namess etc!).
Many of them were MSX computers, which was neat because games were
compatible between different brands (if I recall correctly). MSX BASIC was
Sinclair's may have been their own.
Of course, I was a kid back then, so I can't really remember, have to use
web searches :)
BASIC was meant as an easy language for beginners, like Python is now. I
can't really imagine why they believe it would be good for beginners.
(see! referred to python!)