My first programming language was BASIC. I took a class at Fullerton College. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to make games and software. So I was learning everything I could. I started with BASIC, but I wish Small Basic was around back then. I would have taught myself (saved some money) and had a blast in the process!

So what was your first programming language?


Take Joe's poll here:



If you learned using Small Basic, I'd still check the BASIC box, but it's up to you. =^)


You might want to check out Joe's Principles of Programming, which is available on It uses Small Basic to teach basic concepts of programming for kids and beginners.