BASIC Dialects

BASIC is a family of easy-to-use high-level programming languages. It became widespread on microcomputers in the 1980s, and remains popular in many highly evolved dialects.

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BASIC's name, coined in classic computer science tradition to produce a good acronym, stands for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. It ties to the name of an unpublished paper by the language's co-inventor, Thomas Kurtz (the name thus having no relation to C. K. Ogden's series "Basic English").



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