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The Retrobits Podcast

Jan 15, 2006


10 PRINT "Hello, Retrobits Listeners!"
20 GOTO 10

Welcome to Show 027!  This week's Topic: The Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (or BASIC, for short...)

Topics and links discussed in the podcast...

More Commodore news - here's an interview with Bil Herd on the Commodore Plus/4 World website!
Check out the Vintage Computing and Gaming website for "adventures in collecting, playing, and hacking vintage computing and gaming devices."
If you're in the US and interested in products from Individual Computers (e.g., the Retro Replay), then have a look at the C64 Reloaded Store.
As always, it's all there on Wikipedia - articles on the BASIC programming language, Dartmouth BASIC, and the Dartmouth Timesharing System!
Want to program in BASIC on modern day systems?  Have a look at FreeBASIC, DarkBASIC, BlitzBASIC, or Visual BASIC.NET 2005.

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Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl


Joel Owens
almost eighteen years ago

Back in the day, seems like you could find whole books full of programs, on everything from games written in BASIC (Star Trek was my fav), to sample databases for inventory control and so on. Most of the computing magazines had sample programs in BASIC - I still have a few of these around.

At work, I wrote QBASIC compiler programs for a lot of stand-alone systems, database/label programs back in the day. Recently ported over an old version of NASCOM BASIC for my Z-80 project computer - this sure makes it easier to try different things with external I/O control without having to resort to assembly language every time. No storage, but still very handy.

Programming in BASIC is also pretty fun, too!