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Made of a number, a Kolkata train,

My purposes now seem so plain.

And though I seem to scream and shout,

It's data and numbers I care about.

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You used to love me, it's tried and true.

Not much to see now, nor much to do.

And though my fans became such hacks,

I sent some to the moon and back.

Hint #1:

Try to assemble the language used to find the pattern and solve the riddle!

Hint #2:

Yes, the title is a hint.

Hint #3:

You can use Google translate for the first line if you'd like. I did.

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You are

The FORTRAN programming language.

Made of a number, a Kolkata train,

Four is a number; the Bengali word for train is ট্রেন (ṭrēn)

My purposes now seem so plain.

FORTRAN seems unsophisticated compared to modern programming languages

And though I seem to scream and shout,

The name is generally written in ALL CAPS

It's data and numbers I care about.

Used for programming.

You used to love me, it's tried and true.
Not much to see now, nor much to do.

FORTRAN used to be widely used, but has been replaced by other languages and is now pretty obscure.

And though my fans became such hacks,

You can still hack with FORTRAN :)

I sent some to the moon and back.

Not sure about this one... was it used in the Apollo computer?

Title: A Not-So-Basic riddle

BASIC is another programming language, partly based on FORTRAN

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  • $\begingroup$ I thought no one was going to get it! Well done +1 $\endgroup$ – elarr Aug 1 '18 at 19:33
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Are you a

Rocket

Made of a number, a Kolkata train,

My purposes now seem so plain.

?

And though I seem to scream and shout,

It's facts I care so much about.

It goes very fast and you may scream, but it is for a serious purpose unlike a roller coaster.

You used to love me, it's tried and true.

Not much to see, nor much to do.

?

And though my fans became such hacks,

Maybe Hackers/Programmers like them?

I sent some to the moon and back.

Yep, that is how it was done.

Title

Nost so easy may seem like "it's not rocket science".

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope, not what I was thinking :) $\endgroup$ – elarr Aug 1 '18 at 15:45
  • $\begingroup$ Oh well, I couldn't think of what to add to the "?".. :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Aug 1 '18 at 15:48

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