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Dartmouth Plans Celebration of Basic Programming Language

On 30 April 2014, Dartmouth College will hold a day-long celebration of the first computer program ever written in Basic. Dartmouth professor John Kemeny developed both Basic and the program. He and a student programmer simultaneously typed the word RUN on neighboring terminals at 4 a.m. 1 May 1964 in the basement of College Hall, now called the Collis Center. “When they both got back correct answers to their simple programs, time-sharing and Basic were born.” Kemeny and Dartmouth professor Tom Kurtz made their work available to the college’s community before releasing it worldwide. (SlashDot)(Dartmouth College)

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