[OT] BASIC Factoid (was Re: [Tutor] Functions !)
Wed, 29 Aug 2001 14:39:58 +0100
> > 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
Oops! I never noticed that last bit... I stand corrected.
> > Most of the Japanese home computers of the '80s used
> MSX BASIC was Microsoft's.
It's the MSX ranges I merant but couldn't remember the 'catchy'
> can't really imagine why they believe it would be good for beginners.
Well, its easier than COBOL(*) and FORTRAN were at the time.
Lisp would have almost usable but required big amounts of
machine resources to run.
(*) And COBOL was supposed to be so easy to use business men
would write their own programs! Shades of CP4E there...