Apart from a few things on a
mainframe computer in the early seventies (Algol and punch-cards) the
first programming I did was in Basic, first in the early eighties on an
early Apple, that could do little except AppleBasic, that still
had - since not even the soft floppy-disk existed then - to be stored
on tape of a cassette-deck, and then in the late eighties on an early
PC (so early as to run DOS 2), in GWBasic.
I gave up Basic - an
acronym for "Beginners All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code - in the
late eighties when Turbo Pascal became available, and then did
not look anymore at Basic, except briefly at VisualBasic, until
2007 when I found FreeBASIC
on the internet.
FreeBASIC is free and it is
Basic; it turns out to have a very pleasant IDE ("integrated
development environment") in the form of the editor FBEdit, that
also has its own forum; and to me - who recalls Basic from the
eighties, with linenumbers and Gotos - it looks and feels Pascal-like,
which is a great plus.