There weren't any parades and most people who aren't programmers didn't notice, but May 1 marked the 50th birthday of Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, better known as BASIC. This was the first computer language that was designed for anyone to be able to learn, and it also marked the first time that someone could program a computer and get relatively quick results.
The language was invented in 1964 by John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz, two professors at Dartmouth College who wanted to create more accessible code. At the time, programming was a much more difficult task involving punch cards and a meticulous, tedious process that would often take more than a day to complete even the simplest tasks. Kemeny and Kurtz changed that by creating a language that was interpreted by the computer instantly. This process, also called compiling, is one of the fundamental concepts behind modern computing.
As Gizmodo notes, BASIC is no longer a common computer language, as it has been replaced by more robust, powerful languages like C# and Java. However, these languages are directly or indirectly based on the foundation that was laid by BASIC.
It's important to remember that the same principles that led to the creation of BASIC — ease of use, accessibility and speed — are still the backbone of most computer languages today. People often see programmers as having magical powers, but it's actually not very difficult at all to learn programming code. You just need to make the commitment, and within a few weeks you'll have all the skills you need to acquire a rewarding, interesting job.
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