Microsoft open sources GWBASIC

Gordon Henderson gordon+cctalk at
Sat May 30 15:19:46 CDT 2020

On Fri, 29 May 2020, Dave Wade via cctalk wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> On Behalf Of Bill Gunshannon
>> 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.

And before B was BCPL.

BCPL was used to Bootstrap B was used to Bootstrap C.

BCPL equally rapidly lets you shoot yourself in the foot.. It's fun 
though. I'm in the middle of creating a lttle retro project and I'm using 
BCPL as its "self-hosting" programming language.


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