good chemistry is complicated,
and a little bit messy -LW
How come there was no category for good old BASIC? True, my 386 does run linux now, but AFAIK my PCjr is incapable of running anything other than DOS. There's nothing else to do with it but write cheesy pacman clones. I mean, remember when this was cool:
Sweet! Now you had access to the super-l33t 320x200x16 graphics mode that the PCjr was packing. No more 4 color crap for me.
IIRC, there exists a website devoted to old (GWBASIC or BASICA) BASIC programs. They post challeneges up weekly, which always seem to get solved (ie, DES implementations or TCP/IP stacks). I remember being especially happy and proud when i wrote a really simple Mandlebrot generator (it took forever to generate a picture). Trying to use imaginary numbers in a language that didn't have them was an incredible learning excercise...
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