About BASIC:

BASIC is an acronym for Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. BASIC was created in 1964 to allow students to take advantage of the Dartmouth Time-Shareing System used by computers at the time. Because most students at the time had never seen a real computer, it was designed as a simpler version of FORTRAN II which didn't assume a mathematical background. BASIC has since evolved into a number of dialects and formed other languages (including: VB, VB.NET, VBScript, ASP.NET, ASP, etc.), while BASIC has become largely obsolete. Although it is still remembered as the first programming language of many.

My Experience with BASIC

BASIC was my first programming language. I started learning it when I was in 7th grade. I can't remember why I decided to learn it, but i think i found it by searching "easy programming language", or something like that. I decided to learn it thinking that I could build on it, but by the time I moved on to my second language, C++ I had no idea what a loop was (I only understood GOTO), and I didn't understand the if, elseif, else structure. So I essentially had to start from scratch on C++. This is why I would never recommend BASIC to anyone who wants to be a programmer.