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In computer programming, BASIC (an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of high-level programming languages. The original BASIC was designed in 1964 by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA to provide computer access to non-science students. At the time, nearly all use of computers required writing custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians tended to be able to do. The language and its variants became widespread on microcomputers in the late 1970s and 1980s.
In computer programming, [BASIC|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC] (an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of high-level programming languages. The original BASIC was designed in 1964 by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA to provide computer access to non-science students.
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[Wikipedia on BASIC|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC]
Many versions of BASIC, with widely differing features and syntax, emerged during the 1960s and 70s. However, the introduction of the Altair 8800 led to the formation of Microsoft to made a BASIC for that platform. Gates and Allen were most familiar with BASIC PLUS from the PDP-11, and patterned their Altair BASIC on that version. From that point on, Microsoft BASIC has been the standard.
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Basic versions for the Atari Computers
The Atari 8-bit machines were originally games consoles, but switched to be home computers while they were being designed. This led to a need for BASIC on the platform. Atari licensed MS BASIC, but could not get it to fit into an 8kB ROM, which was all that was available at the time. They turned to Shepardson Microsystems, who produced Atari BASIC, which had many differences from the MS BASICs of the era. From that point on, the Atari had its own standard.
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Atari BASIC was very slow, much slower than BASIC running on other home computers that were (otherwise) slower than the Atari. This led to a profusion of new BASICs for the platform, with the most popular being [[TURBO-BASIC XL], which largely ruled the market in the later years. Development continues; [Altirra Basic] and [FastBasic] were written in the 2010s and they will likely not be the last.
Basic versions for the Atari Computers:
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* [OSS Basic A+]
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