BASIC was an early programming language that is still among the simplest and most popular of programming languages. BASIC stands for "Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code." Originally designed as an interactive mainframe timesharing language by John Kemeney and Thomas Kurtz in 1963, it became widely used on personal computers everywhere. On IBM's first "family" computer, the PCJr, a BASIC cartridge was a popular add-on. Because of its simplicity, BASIC has frequently been used in teaching the introductory concepts of programming with a working language.
The original BASIC was first developed at Dartmouth College by John Kemeny, Mary Keller, and Thomas Kurtz and introduced on May 1, 1964. BASIC is short for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and is an easy-to-understand programming language that was popular during 1970 - 1980. Today, BASIC is not used to develop programs, but is sometimes used to help teach the fundamentals of programming.
BASIC is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use
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