Retrocoding fun with BBC BASIC #BASIC #VintageComputing
BASIC is a fun, easy to learn language that was standard on 80s home computers and inspired a generation to program. The best implementation of the era was BBC BASIC created by Sophie Wilson for the 8-bit BBC Microcomputer found in 80s UK schools. (She later designed the ARM architecture – the most widely used CPU architecture on the planet.)
The BBC Micro bot runs BBC BASIC code from a Tweet. They now have a learn page to teach people to code in the language.
BBC BASIC had a revival beyond the die-hard retro heads in 2020 thanks to BBC Micro Bot – a Twitter bot that runs your tweet as code and replies with a video. It was featured in Gizmodo, IEEE Spectrum and Xataka, and gained fans in comedian Dara Ó Briain, science writer Ben Goldacre, and Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton. It’s run over 10,000 BASIC programs and a talented, friendly community has grown around it. As a result people have created truly awesome programs in one tweet of a 40 year old language.
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