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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From October 1978 to October 1979, Practical Computing magazine serialized this book, Illustrating BASIC by Donald Alcock. This book is unusually written by hand rather than typeset, and features ... Read full review
John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, created BASIC to aid non-scientific/mathematical students to learn programming in 1964.
Alcock's hand written and beatifully illustrated, spiral bound book is the epitome of that objective.
The book, serialised in Practical Computing, was a great start to programming; a work of art and still in print. My photocopy of the original series is now yellowing newsprint, dated 1978. I fished it out recently to re-discover some of the thrill I felt running his programs on the UK101, sadly emulated now only on a pc.
'Illustrating Computers (Without Much Jargon)' - is another of his works, dated now,
written in the same style, but with a clear, simple explanation of gates and addressing from transistor level up. Not in print anymore but available s/h from the usual sources.
POSING A PROBLEM O AN INTRODUCTORY EXAMPLE
STATEMENTS INSTRUCTIONS A REMARKS
DATA STATEMENTS AND READING FROM THEM
FUNCTIONS SQUARE ROOT LOG ETC
PRINT St THE MOST VERSATILE INSTRUCTION
PRINT USIN6 f MORE VERSATILITY
GO TO BREAKING THE USUAL SEQUENCE
ON GO TO THE MULTIWAY SWITCH
breaKdowns of populatIons another example
replacement fi a whole matrIx at a tIme
transposItIon s the rows turn Into columns
InversIon an IntroductIon to the concept
tnput of matrIces dont doIt from a KeYboard
s IllustratIng a sYmbolstate table
7 Commands and sIgnIng on
q ?Iles of data
GO SUB RETURN THE CONCEPT OF A SUBROUTINE
arraYs IntroducIng subscrIpted varIables
rIpple sort an example to Illustrate subscrIpts
SYNTAX O DEFINITION OF TXE WRITTEN FORM OF BASK