Donkey goes free to celebrate BASIC inventor’s birthday

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Before there was Windows, there was Donkey. Yes, that Windows!
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Today marks the 88th birthday of professor Thomas Kurtz, who invented the BASIC programming language with his colleague John Kemeny.

To mark the occasion, the iOS and Apple Watch port of DONKEY.APP, a game originally programmed in BASIC by none other than Bill Gates, has been made temporarily available for free by its developers.

What better way to celebrate Kurtz’s birthday than by playing the modern port of a clunky old 1981 driving game?

Blast From The Past: Run & Write Apple II BASIC Programs In Any Browser

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When the original Apple I and Apple II computers hit the market, they weren’t the only invention of creator Steve Wozniak. Woz’s goal from the get go was that the Apple II should be able to run a faithful reproduction of Breakout, the game he had helped code for Atari before the formation of Apple.

Thus was born Integer BASIC, which shipped on every Apple I and II and eventually lead to Applesoft BASIC, the first computer language most people growing up in the 80s and even early 90s ever learned.

If you’d like to take a trip down memory lane, Joshua Bell has coded up an awesome emulator of Applesoft BASIC that runs using Javascript, in-browser. Not only can you use it to write endlessly recursive profanity just like you did in Junior High, (GOTO 10) but it even comes with a number of cool vintage sample programs… although ironically not Breakout.

Source: Calormen
Via: Reddit