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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Programming, Second Edition by Greg Perry

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The BASICs

This discussion on specific languages concludes with an explanation of BASIC to springboard your thoughts into the next chapter, which teaches you a modern-day version of BASIC called Visual Basic.

BASIC was originally developed at Dartmouth College for teaching beginners how to program. The FORTRAN programming language was a bit too complex for nonmathematical students to learn quickly enough to use it in their studies. John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz, who taught at Dartmouth, used FORTRAN as a foundation for creating BASIC. BASIC stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a name that is more foreboding than the language itself.

BASIC typically is run in an interpreted environment, although modern-day versions of BASIC ...

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