I first learned to program in Sinclair Basic on a Spectrum, and later in GW-Basic on DOS. That didn't last long; fancier, more powerful languages lured me away soon enough, and I didn't return until rediscovering the joys of coding for 8-bit platforms in 2013 or 2014.

A couple more years down the road, however, I rediscovered another old interest, namely programming language implementation. And Basic is as fun to implement as it is to use! After a tentative first attempt, I started looking into it more seriously.

But that's a long story, for another time. For now, here are the results:

(Wanna learn how to make your own? Check out my interpreter construction book.)

Other dialects

In addition, people enjoy making all kinds of other languages look like Basic: C++, Tcl, even M4!

Classic games

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