BASIC is the acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code which is a programming language developed in 1964.

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How does BASIC locate an out-of-order NEXT statement when the loop body is skipped

Set the WABAC machine, Sherman. This question is about BASIC in general, and Microsoft's BASIC-80 in particular. Old school basic. With line numbers. How do (or, rather, did) old-school BASIC ...
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Old BASIC programming [closed]

I am trying to make sense of the depicted BASIC (old school) “spaghetti” code, but I’m lacking the knowledge. The result should reveal a set of coordinates to be used for my next task. Is there ...
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What can you specifically do with Basic? [closed]

I'm confused on what can specifically be done with Visual Basic programming. I read that you could do anything with it such as create games, so does this mean it could be used to make games that could ...
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Writing Clean, Elegant Procedural Code (BASIC): Is There Such a Thing?

I learned to code in OO languages. I've always been interested in design patterns, clean code, etc., etc. - you know the type. Now at work I'm using a BASIC dialect. Given modern programming values, ...
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Does anyone have a good example/sample of “goto” spaghetti code? [closed]

I've read a lot about how GoTo was considered harmful and removed for other control structures that were more intuitive. Does anyone have a good example / sample of goto spaghetti code? Preferrably, ...
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Was classical BASIC ever used for commercial software development, and if so, how were limitations overcome?

Many of us, including me, started their programming life with programs written on home computers, something like 10 PRINT "ENTER RADIUS" 20 INPUT R 30 PRINT "CIRCUMFERENCE="; 2 * R * PI 40 PRINT ...
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Why is BASIC bad? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you think that exposure to BASIC can mutilate your mind? BASIC, and related dialects, have long been branded "bad". I've seen it said by some of the best programmers ...
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TRS-80 Color BASIC as an inspiration for a new programming language

For a time now I have been wanting to make my own programming language. I'm 17 and the only language I know is Color BASIC. I know that compared to today's complicated languages, it's pretty weak. ...
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Small Basic vs Microsoft Small Basic [closed]

Are Small Basic (SB) and Microsoft Small Basic (MSB) related or is this a confusion based upon similar names? I have read that SB is written in C and is GPL. The oldest date on SourceForge is 2004 ...
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Have any of you tried “Basic for Android”?

I have developed for Android for half a year or so and it is going quite well. I found the learning curve steep in the beginning, but then I somehow got the idea of it all and now I don't have to ...
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How mature is FreeBASIC?

A friend of mine is considering using FreeBASIC in a critical production environment. They currently use GWBasic, and they want to make a soft transition towards more modern languages. I am just ...
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Basic features for a basic language? DSL suggestions?

I've finally begun to understand the complexity behind creating an interpreter and a compiler. I've built several versions of TinyBasic, 1964 (Dartmouth) Basic, and my own expansions on those ...
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Fiction that includes BASIC programs [closed]

Back in what must've been the mid-80s, when every microcomputer included BASIC and Choose Your Own Adventure Books were really popular, there were some novels that had BASIC programs listed in the ...
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Work opportunities in OpenOffice.org development [closed]

What is the market like for custom apps or scripts using the OpenOffice.org API? I started delving into it a while back. I found it a fairly painful environment to work in. Is there any demand for ...
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Do you think that exposure to BASIC can mutilate your mind? [closed]

It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration -- ...