Being able to “program your own computer” was important to me. Microsoft encouraging it was marvelous. Once they stopped encouraging programming it was a sad day.
I guess the day QBasic support ended is when computers ceased their business/hobby status and entered mainstream society. Windows 95 *was* really beautiful change from MS-DOS but from that point on, the ability to control your own computer became more and more tricky as the OS moved ahead.
I suppose it was necessary but still, I should be able to write 10 lines of code on a simple kid-friendly programming language that would give me a rotating cube or something. I’d be fine with Python or something – wouldn’t have to be BASIC, although BASIC really was an easy to learn language. Still, times change and kids teach each other to hack their favorite games which leads into programming anyway.
LUA is a very powerful scripting language, popular on Steam and Python of course; I feel bad for the kids whose first language hacking attempt is JAVA… ’cause JAVA’s … well… yeah, it’s JAVA. But I think the same enthusiasm that we had is still around in the new generations so whatever big co’s do to restrict control for the users, the users will find ways to get around all of that. smile emoticon