1. Features added per year: 0. One of the most stable programming languages in existence. 2. It has POKE and SYS, allowing it to be used as a systems programming language. 3. It's what you get when an *assembly* programmer creates a new programming language. C++ wasn't even invented yet! 4. No need to rewrite any of those programs you wrote as a kid, or to ever learn anything else about computers. You can feel good about what you already know!