As a language, TinyBASIC may be ‘awful’ as someone told me, but it has an interesting history. It stemmed from a challenge made in the September 1975 issue of the People’s Computer Company magazine (later better known as Dr Dobb’s Journal) to write a simple, free version of BASIC. Around this time two dudes called Bill and Steve were getting annoyed at people illegally copying their new MicroSoft BASIC, and TinyBASIC was written to give people a free, legal, ‘copyleft’ alternative.
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