BASIC is like Marmite - you either love it or hate it.
A recent Hackaday article (1st Feb 2021) described one man’s (Alan Pope) journey to get a Raspberry Pi 400 to boot to BASIC.
I have known Alan for over a decade and he is a professional programmer - but he almost got to the point of pulling his hair out trying to get BASIC to boot on power-up on a Pi 400.
The irony here is that the Pi forces you into a Linux based operating system, whilst BBC BASIC was running on a bare-metal ARM 35 years ago.
BASIC as a language has many faults, and in the early 1980s it was limited by the speed of the popular microprocessors of that day, i.e. 6502 and Z80A.
But today we have a speed advantage and a $20 microcontroller can execute BASIC and generate all the graphics many times faster than the machines from the 1980s. Below is a link to the Maximite 2 computer that is built around the STM32F743 microcontroller.
I learned BASIC in 1978 on a Research Machines 380Z, and eventually in 1983 I could afford my own ZX81 built from a £39.99 kit.
Like I say - Marmite. Knock it if you wish, but it was the start of a career for many of us.