Adventures in Arduino TinyBASIC #Arduino #BASIC #Programming @blogmywiki

Giles Booth has been doing some amazing work on porting TinyBASIC to microcontrollers.

I’ve been watching Wifi Sheep’s Arduino simple BASIC computer builds and this cool little project using LCD and OLED displays with interest, and I thought I might have a go at building something similar myself with parts I have lying around including an old PS/2 keyboard I found on the street, an Arduino UNO and a Pro Mini I bought for the KIM-1 clone project but never used.

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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  1. Dartmouth College owns Basic and had to remind Bill Gates who owns it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC

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