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When BASIC Was Young: Great Memories
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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4/30/2014 | 10:26:57 AM
BASIC memories
Chris Wolf, CTO Americas for VMware, shared this comment on the story via Twitter: "Carrying a cassette back and forth between friends houses and collaborating on BASIC was agile dev, 80s style." Well played, Chris.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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4/30/2014 | 10:23:54 AM
Re: I Am Grateful For Having Learned BASIC From Dr. Kemeny
DougN, what an interesting opportunity to learn BASIC from Dr. Kemeny himself. Do you have any class project memories to share? Thanks for joining our discussion!
DougN170
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4/30/2014 | 9:54:48 AM
I Am Grateful For Having Learned BASIC From Dr. Kemeny
I learend BASIC from Dr. Kemeny in 1969, who was the president of Dartmouth at the time. I wasn't very good at it, but the knowledge that I could program if I put my head to it prepared me for the computer revolution to come. I was never afraid of technology after my Dartmouth years. Here I am at 63, a lawyer, mediator, author, and speaker, as technically saavy and comfortable with a vast array of machines and software. Many of my peers are confused and befuddled by it. I cannot believe the foresight that Drs. Kemeny and Kurtz had back then. I am grateful.
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4/30/2014 | 9:42:32 AM
Nice trip down memory lane
I took a year of BASIC in high school, followed by two years of C++. Now I work in marketing - go figure! While I never liked the technical aspects of programming, I enjoyed working out the logic and solving programs. That's one reason why I work for Mendix, an app platform with a visual modeling environment that abstracts away the need to write low-level code. Nice article and trip down memory lane!
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