BASIC, you either love it or hate it. For a lot of developers, it was their first dip into programming. Others will quickly explode into all the bad habits BASIC taught and promoted. But it wasn’t about being a good language, but enabling non-programmers to get a taste making a computer listen to you (or at least trying to).
I am not going to say that it is the perfect language, but it has it’s place and I think that place is bigger than most people expect. It is the perfect interstitial language. It is the Web version of Perl. That is a strange compli-diss. The joke is: any developer that admits to loving Perl is really a Sysadmin trapped in a developer’s job. They are just waiting to re-route your IP tables and rotate some logs when you are not looking.