For many programmers, Basic was like a mother tongue.
Switch on your old Amstrad and you will see that you never forgot it !
That´s what we did, for the Sasfepu compo in the Slach Party II in France (sasfepu mean phonetically in French : nobody-does-it-anymore !). Our 5 CLS entry won the first place, as it was the only one to run at full speed on a real CPC, against others which needed fast emulators.
Good memories of these good old days (we get old so quickly in the computer world) ...