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.