• Acronym for:
    • Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.
  • Developed by John Kemeney and Thomas Kurtz in the mid 1960s at Dartmouth College.
  • One of the earliest and simplest high level programming languages.
  • During the 1970s it was the principle programming language taught to students and is still popular with educators today.
  • There is an ANSI standard for BASIC but most versions of it include propriety extensions.


  • Very powerful programming tool, more so than flowcharting.
  • Can be edited and altered easier than drawings can be.
  • Easier to debug than graphics programmes.
  • More detailed.
  • Can be directly recognised by computers.


  • More difficult to learn than flowcharting.
  • Complex programmes can get very difficult to edit.
  • It is not clear what are the inputs, processes and outputs.
  • More difficult to share ideas because it takes time for someone else to make sense of your BASIC programming.
  • Takes time.
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