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Illustrating BASIC [Hardcover]

Donald G. Alcock
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1 Jan 1977 0521217032 978-0521217033 1
To make a computer do a calculation, however simple, you must describe every step of that calculation in a language the computer can understand: this description is called a program. This book presents a popular and widely available language called BASIC and explains how to write simple programs in it.


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  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (1 Jan 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521217032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521217033
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,242,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A unique feature of the book is the method of presentation which the author has adopted, namely the whole work is hand-lettered! This presentation, coupled with its guinea-a-minute information must surely make the book a winner for the educational and personal computing market. Especially to be applauded is Alcock's attempt to make the basic he describes as machine-independent as possible, and to this end he examined eleven different versions of the language and points out their variations. No one interested in computing (or presentation of information) should be without this fascinating work.' Computer Bulletin

'Humane, interesting, comprehensive, and excellent value for money. Congratulations to the author. Very highly recommended.' Practical Computing

'Donald Alcock has written a book which should become a classic.' Personal Computer World

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To make a computer do a calculation, however simple, you must describe every step of that calculation in a language the computer can understand: this description is called a program. This book presents a popular and widely available language called BASIC and explains how to write simple programs in it.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This book really does give you all of the fundamental essentials of the BASIC programming language in a very easy to read, clear, concise, humourous and methodical style. Please be aware that, published in 1977, this book was written to show you how to write programs in the then available versions of BASIC, e.g.(DOS) QBASIC, and versions of BASIC found on early computers such as the Commodore PET, ZX Spectrum, Ohio Superboard, Nascom, Apple II and other (somewhat ancient) computers, *BUT*, even though this is the case, this book is STILL as superb an introduction to the language itself as you will find anywhere. Once you have read and understood this book, getting to grips with later variants will be considerably easier. This really is an excellent place to start for those completely new to programming who wish to start by learning BASIC, perhaps as a prelude to Visual Basic, or even other programming languages (the principles and disciplines are the same!). This has my recommendation on grounds of its; accuracy, usefulness as a learning tool/early reference, methodical teaching style, and ease of readability. Simply excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a creature of it's time. 10 Mar 2004
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For those of us whose first exposure to computers came in the late '70s, and early '80s in the UK, as users or maybe even owners of early microcomputers, this book will bring back memories. The unique thing about it is Alcock's easy-going style combined with a relaxed layout which presented the tome, not as a text book, but as your friend. Well, if you were a bit sad, that is.
It introduces the BASIC language to those who had not used a computer at all before. It misses out on many topics as it was written to be generic, rather than related to one paricular micro or another. If anything, it slightly pre-dates the micros that made BASIC famous and so if you already had a Beeb or a Speccie, it maybe wasn't the best buy. But as a taster, it was superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book of its time 19 May 2008
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In its time this was a wonderful way to learn BASIC for kids and adults. It's cartoon graphics and friendly style were a world away from the dry and academic alternatives. This was the book that sat on the library shelf and said "hey, you, look at this: you can learn to program, it's really easy!". Along with the low-cost simple home micros of the day it turned out a whole generation of hobbyist programmers. Now I wouldn't really recommend anyone use this book nowadays, but we do need something like this book for today's young people, most of whom are familiar with PC's but so few can actually program anything. Any volunteers to author "Illustrating Visual Basic"?
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You don't have to be a computer scientist to read this book, it is wirtten for students meeting computers for the same time, for those in industry who never formally studied computing and for those who can already write in BASIC but seek a broader view of portable programming and an introduction to a few programmers' techniques!
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