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grunto
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Posted: 04:23am 25 May 2020
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Not sure if this has been mentioned on the Forum? May be of interest. Via Dave Jones EEVBlog:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41gK3lYejgE
 
goc30

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Posted: 06:14am 25 May 2020
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link

https://devblogs.microsoft.com/commandline/microsoft-open-sources-gw-basic/
 
zeitfest
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Posted: 07:16am 25 May 2020
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"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"   [ JBAKarr ]

It probably still has the original bugs  
 
Geoffg

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Interesting.  This is 8088 assembly language and would contain a lot of code written by Bill Gates when he was a teenager.

History.
Geoff Graham - http://geoffg.net
 
Poppy

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Posted: 08:29am 25 May 2020
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  Geoffg said  Interesting.  This is 8088 assembly language and would contain a lot of code written by Bill Gates when he was a teenager.

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  Quote  The week this source was created Men At Work topped the US and UK singles charts with “Down Under”, Dustin Hoffman starred in the #1 US box-office movie, “Tootsie”. In 1983, “Star Wars Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” was released, as was “War Games”! And, Emily Blunt, Kate Mara, Jonah Hill, Chris Hemsworth, and Henry Cavill, were born! Ronald Reagan was President of the USA, and Margaret Thatcher was the UK’s Prime Minister.


... and a little, still not knowing there are females out there and what they really are, socially isolated Bill, was sitting in his little room and hacking on his keyboard ... all other needs served by Hotel MOM.

OK, just kidding.
Thinking about someone having a great idea and working on it making it come to live is somehow inspiring!

And without little Billie probably we all would not be here around!

He was not the inventor of BASIC, but he gave some real life to it!
... and that excuses mistakes like Windows (Vista, 8, 10) ...

Andre ausdre durchdre
 
paceman
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Posted: 12:43pm 25 May 2020
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There are some further comments about it here on HackaDay.

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JohnS
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Posted: 01:37pm 25 May 2020
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The source looks like it may originally have been cross-assembled from the PDP, using MACRO-10 or some such.

(Which would explain some of the odd code seen by disassembling 8086 MS BASIC, it was stuff an ASM programmer would never write.)

John
 
Tinine
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Posted: 08:03pm 27 May 2020
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  JohnS said  The source looks like it may originally have been cross-assembled from the PDP, using MACRO-10 or some such.

(Which would explain some of the odd code seen by disassembling 8086 MS BASIC, it was stuff an ASM programmer would never write.)

John


PDP? Bill Gates?

Hmmm I wonder if there was a VAXine connection (sorry, I'll get me coat)  
 
JohnS
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It's before the VAX, really.  Chances are he was using a PDP-10 at Harvard (he subsequently dropped out).

Also, the original VAX, the 11/780, didn't have a PDP-10 (or PDP-20) subsystem (it did have a PDP-11 one) so I don't see how it could have run any PDP-10 software.

John
 
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