- 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.