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|Sinclair ZX81 BASIC Programming||Steven Vickers|
|Reference Manual for Macintosh version of Chipmunk Basic||Stephen A. Wise|
computer programming, BASIC
(an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)
refers to a family of high-level programming languages. It was
originally designed in 1963, by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene
Kurtz at Dartmouth College, to provide access for non-science students
to computers. At the time, nearly all computer use required writing
custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians
tended to do. The language (in one variant or another) became
widespread on home microcomputers in the 1980s, and remains popular to
this day in a handful of heavily evolved dialects.