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50th Anniversary of a Language That Changed the World

May 1 marks the 50th anniversary of a special computer language aimed at enabling college students not trained in mathematics to use computers.  The birth of BASIC is now seen as a major step toward the era of personal computers. 50 years ago, computers were owned primarily by governments, businesses and universities, operated by programmers who wrote pages of instructions that consisted of mathematical formulas. Hoping their school’s computer could be used by students from other...

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