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BASIC, aka Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, is a programming language created in 1964 by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz.

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BASIC (an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use. In 1964, John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Read more on Wikipedia...

Example from Riju:
PRINT "Hello, world!"
Example from hello-world:
10 PRINT "Hello World" 20 END
10 REM Hello World in BASIC 20 PRINT "Hello World!"
Example from Wikipedia:
Public Class StarsProgram Public Shared Sub Main() Dim UserName, Answer, stars As String, NumStars As Integer Console.Write("What is your name: ") UserName = Console.ReadLine() Console.WriteLine("Hello {0}", UserName) Do Console.Write("How many stars do you want: ") NumStars = CInt(Console.ReadLine()) stars = New String("*", NumStars) Console.WriteLine(stars) Do Console.Write("Do you want more stars? ") Answer = Console.ReadLine() Loop Until Answer <> "" Answer = Answer.Substring(0, 1) Loop While Answer.ToUpper() = "Y" Console.WriteLine("Goodbye {0}", UserName) End Sub End Class

Language features

Feature Supported Token Example
Strings "
"Hello world"
Case Insensitive Identifiers
Print() Debugging PRINT
Line Comments REM
REM A comment
10 REM This BASIC program shows the use of the PRINT and GOTO Statements.
15 REM It fills the screen with the phrase "HELLO"
30 GOTO 20
REM This BASIC program shows the use of the PRINT and GOTO Statements.
Case Sensitivity X
Semantic Indentation X
Operator Overloading X

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