my last year of German, we read a mystery novel.
I keep returning to Perl every now and than as its the only language I would describe as fun.
I too have a soft spot for BASIC - it's a peat bog on the West coast of Scotland.
Well, there was goto...and then gosub, no formal parameters, lack of scope for variables, no data structures beyond simple arrays, loose typing...
(and people really used VB to death for a lot of projects; some good, some bad) - but the stigma (which is unfounded with today's languages) remains
I have heard that there is a very large amount of commercially sold software that is written in Visual Basic.
And I'm not a programmer by trade.