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Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

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    nature: procedural language; block-structured

    history: BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was designed as a teaching language in 1963 by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz of Dartmouth College. BASIC was intended to make it easy to learn programming. The first BASIC program was run at 4 a.m. May 1, 1964.

    Tiny BASIC created by Dr. Wong in 1975 runs on Intel 8080 and Zilog Z80 computers.

    “BASIC was one of the first computer languages invented. It was developed by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz, two mathematics professors at Dartmouth College in 1964, with the aim of providing their students with an easily learned language that could still handle complicated programming projects. The acronym stands for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. Since then there have been many revisions and versions of it. Just as with other popular computer languages, there is a version of BASIC for just about every brand of computer, and most of these differ slightly. Additionally, QBasic is a version of BASIC written by Microsoft to incorporate structured programming into BASIC, and to take advantage of other capabilities of modern personal computers. QBasic has most of the features of standard BASIC plus many enhancements. There is another dialect called Visual BASIC, plus its offshoot, VBA, or Visual Basic for Applications. VBScript is a subset of VBA, designed to be ‘light.’” —Language Finger, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

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