The Basic Programming Language
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Basic is a very powerful language as a tool for the novice programmer. Basic
allows for a wide range of applications, and it has many versions. However,
as long as the emphasis is on the techniques of programming and problem solving,
the specific syntax is easy to follow.
Significant Language Features
Basic is a multi-platform language because many basic compilers use the same
types of routines. Basic allows:
- Input from the keyboard
- Menu Driven Applications
- System Commands - These are words that make the system
perform a specific task immediately.
- Structured Programming
- Built-In Functions
- User-Defined Functions
- Arrays, sorting, and searches
Areas of Application
Basic has many strong points, such as:
and is therefore suitable for both the professional and non-professional.
- Easy to learn for beginners
- Adds powerful additional features for the advanced user
- Is designed for interactive use rather than batch work
- Lends itself to learning by hands-on practical use
- Bend, Robert. (1990). Basic: An Introduction to Computer Programming.
Brooks/Cole Publishing, California.
- Forsyth, Richard. (1978). The Basic Idea. Chapman and Hall
Publishing, New York.
- Mashaw, Bijan. (1985). Basic. Mayfield Publishing Company, London.
The "Hello world!" program was written with the help of the
Hello World Page
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