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Basic BASIC: A Structured Approach

by Marcy Kittner

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This book was written in 1984 as a textbook for an introductory course in BASIC programming. The authors had a generic version of line-numbered BASIC in mind when they wrote their examples.

There are two major points of emphasis in the text: (1) flowcharting and (2) structured programming. In keeping with the title theme of basic BASIC, there is no coverage of problem solving techniques, algorithm development, file I/O, or graphics & animation. These topics belong in a course devoted to advanced BASIC.

This text is really good at simplifying the steps that have to take place in program development. For example, the data processing cycle is reduced to three steps: (1) input, (2) processing, and (3) output. The processing step can be broken down into two processes: (1) computational processes (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and (2) comparative processes (equal to, less than, greater than).

Structured programming is explained by the adoption of three basic control structures: (1) sequence, (2) iteration (DO-WHILE), and (3) selection (IF-THEN-ELSE). The authors assure their readers that even the most complex programs can be written by using only these three control structures.

Exercises are spaced throughout the book. Answers to the exercises are provided.

This book quickly became obsolete as BASIC evolved with the elimination of line numbers and the addition of better built-in control structures, such as, the CASE structure. ( )
  MrJack | Nov 20, 2008 |
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