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5. BASIC

Chapter 5. BASIC

In 1963, Thomas Kurtz and John Kemeny invented BASIC, a general-purpose language intended to teach beginners to program as well as to allow experienced users to write useful programs. Their original goals included abstracting away details of the hardware. The language spread widely after the introduction of microcomputers in the 70s; many personal computers included custom variants. Though the language has moved beyond line numbers and GOTO statements through Microsoft’s Visual Basic and Kurtz’s BASIC, multiple generations of programmers learned the joy of programming from a language that encouraged experimentation and rewarded curiosity.


  

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