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an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, is a family of high-level programming languages, initially designed in 1963/1964 by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz at Dartmouth College [1] .

While early dialects worked in conjunction with a teletype command line interpreter, which could immediately interprete and print expressions, or run a program which lines were entered (or re-loaded from punch tape) with leading line numbers, later dialects were more sophisticated with respect to program structure, recursion, object-oriented and event-driven programming paradigms, and compiled executables.

Basic Engines

There were a few didactic chess programs written in Basic, most notably a program by Dieter Steinwender published 1984 in Computerschach und Spiele [2] , Demoschach by Hans-Joachim Kraas and Günther Schrüfer [3] , and Minimax by Chrilly Donninger and Dieter Steinwender [4], which was later converted to WinBoard by Thomas McBurney [5] .



GFA BASIC is a BASIC variant originally developed for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST and then later ported to Microsoft Windows. It looks a bit like Pascal.

Visual Basic

Visual Basic is a event-driven programming language with integrated development environment by from Microsoft for its Component Object Model (COM) programming model, first released in 1991.


Forum Posts

Re: Another qBASIC Chess program -Dieter Steinwender (in english+comment by Tony Worsman, CCC, February 24, 2003

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