Microsoft open sources GWBASIC

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Fri May 29 17:35:02 CDT 2020

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> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> On Behalf Of Bill Gunshannon
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> Subject: Re: Microsoft open sources GWBASIC
> On 5/29/20 5:24 PM, Jim Brain via cctalk wrote:
> >
> > At the risk of fanning the language fire, C seems to be a smaller step
> > up from native machine language than most other languages.  It's like
> > 80% of the portability with 20% of the effort of writing directly in ASM.
> >

Well I remember when first being introduced to "B" on the Honeywell L66 under GCOS thinking that it allowed programmers to shoot themselves in the foot in the same ways as they could with assembler, but much more rapidly.
"B" was near assembler than "C" only having the "Machine Word" as a type.

I also remember finding that a pile of backup tapes were useless because some one had mixed up a pointer and value...... 

> PL/M?
> bill


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