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An acronym for "Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code". A computer language and command interpreter (see [[shell]]) invented in 1964 at Dartmouth College by J. Kemeny and T. Kurtz. First implemented on a GE 225 computer, BASIC combines both programming and computer control into a single interface.
The language is a simple set of variable assignments, control flow and data handling. The computer control allows the user to perform simple commands such as file save & load and program start and stop.
The language was originally implemented as a [[interpreter]] (see [[scripting]]), but compiled forms are commonly available today (see [[Visual Basic]]).