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    So you’re having fun. I wouldn’t call that a waste.

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      I mostly read the article to find out what EndBASIC was. I don’t know if it will get many users but it looks like an incredibly fun project, so I was left wondering why the author felt the need to justify it. Of all the hobbies in the world, building a fun toy that anyone with a web browser and Internet connection can play with seems like one that’s pretty low on the ‘needs justifying list’.

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      a couple years back I was about to mess around with qbasic at the computer history museum (of course you can just run qbasic on your machine if you want to :) ), and one really great thing was the integrated help. You could just work on stuff “as-is”.

      Granted, I think the scope of things those kinds of things need to cover is much smaller, but the lack of “just google it” as a reasonable answer really made some of the IDE-y features in tools need to carry their weight.

      And of course there’s nice “flavor” to doing that sort of retro-y programming (see also stuff like Zachtronic games, or PICO-8).

      I like… not having typos cause my stuff to break. but BASIC envs are still pretty awesome

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        i was sad when racket moved away from integrated help browser to “open the doc in a web browser”, though from a pragmatism standpoint it did make sense to not spend resources unnecessarily maintaining an in-ide browser.

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        “Time you enjoyed wasting wasn’t wasted.”

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          Creative endeavors are a valid form of self care. Keep hacking!

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            this is a retro-looking BASIC interpreter written in Rust that happens to run on the web

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              It’s not wasted, BASIC (or something very similar to it) will be back as the wheel turns.