The Basic Programming Language

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History | Significant Language Features | Areas of Application | Sample Programs
Related Links | Printed References | Acknowledgments


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:

Areas of Application

Basic has many strong points, such as: and is therefore suitable for both the professional and non-professional.

Sample Programs

Related Links

Printed References

  1. Bend, Robert. (1990). Basic: An Introduction to Computer Programming. Brooks/Cole Publishing, California.
  2. Forsyth, Richard. (1978). The Basic Idea. Chapman and Hall Publishing, New York.
  3. Mashaw, Bijan. (1985). Basic. Mayfield Publishing Company, London.


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