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PostBASIC and Visual BASIC (Jordi Molins, -Spain, 02/05/14 3:08 am)
Henry Levin (4 February) asked if BASIC is still used at any level.
BASIC is not among the most popular programming languages, with Python, Java and C++ taking the lead:
However, I believe there is a lot of Visual Basic legacy code as Excel scripts (the so-called VBA), especially within the corporate/banking world.
Even though I learned to program with BASIC, there is no reason to use it as a programming language unless you are forced to manage legacy code. Python as a generalist language, and R as a scientific programming language, are infinitely better suited for anything else.
JE comments: Python, according to the link above, is by far the most common programming language in use today. The R language, specifically suited for statistical computing and graphics, was designed by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman. That's where the "R" comes from, I presume. Here's a (to my brain, cryptic) primer: