[OT] BASIC Factoid (was Re: [Tutor] Functions !)
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 14:26:59 +0100
> > ISTR BASIC itself was invented by Gary Kildall and AN.Other?
> > Mr Kildall of course went on to give us CP/M and GEM :-)
> Not quite, although the last name of both creators also
> starts with a 'K' :)
Quite right, I was 10 years too late and thinking of the
first BASIC for CP/M, as shown from this snippet about Kildall:
In 1973 Shugart gave Intel a sample 8" floppy disk. Gary was
immediately intrigued by the device and with a friend, John Torode,
built a controller interface to an Intellec-80. Gary, and his
students, wrote a small control program, which he called CP/M
(Control Program/Microcomputer). It enabled him to read and
write files to and from the disk. Gary copied the commands and
file-naming conventions from the DEC PDP-10 VMS operating system.
Gordon Eubanks, one of Gary's students, created a BASIC
interpreter for the system.
So endeth the history lesson :-)