Once upon a time, nearly all computers came with a copy of the BASIC language. In fact, Micro-Soft’s first product was a BASIC interpreter for the Altair 8800. The BASIC language was thousands of people’s introduction to programming. It was the perfect tool for the speedy development of simple programs.
But then came the age of the graphical interface, and something new was required. The variant of BASIC that rose to the forefront was Microsoft’s Visual Basic, a language still popular today. It has, however, two major drawbacks: Visual Basic costs money, and it only works with Windows. Three, actually, if you count its great bugginess.
Happily, for freedom-loving Linux users like us, there’s an excellent alternative: Gambas.