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6 Excellent Free Books to Learn BASIC

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

4. Learning to Program with Visual Basic and .NET Gadgeteer by Ulf Nilsson and Jan Maluszynski

Learning to Program with Visual Basic and .NET GadgeteerThis book is intended for school students and others learning to program in Visual Basic. It assumes no prior knowledge of programming, electronics, Visual Basic or the Visual Studio environment.

Programming concepts are introduced and explained throughout the book. Each chapter is structured in a similar way: firstly a new concept to be learned is introduced, secondly there is a step-by-step tutorial on how to develop a simple example in Gadgeteer which uses that concept, and finally a set of exercises is given which enable the reader to practice the main points.

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5. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 by Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost, Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas, Casey Reas, Mark Sample, and Noah Vawter

10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10This book takes a single line of code — the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title — and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text — in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources — that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more.

They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 home computer.

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6. Pick/BASIC: A Programmer’s Guide by Jonathan E. Sisk

Pick/BASIC: A Programmer’s GuidePick/BASIC: A Programmer’s Guide provides an overview of the PICK editor, explains commands used in the PICK/BASIC programming language, and includes useful sample programs.

This book was developed from the course materials for the author’s programming sessions in “The Pick System Educational Series.” Naturally, every little nuance about PICK/BASIC can’t be covered in one book, but this book is intended to provide a broad introductory overview about the powerful PICK/BASIC language.

Chapters cover:

  • Pick Terminology and Concepts.
  • The Related TCL Processes.
  • Fundamental Pick/BASIC Statements and Functions.
  • The Concept of Loops.
  • Calculations and the Principle of Precedence.
  • String-Handling Intrinsic Functions.
  • Data Conversion and Print Masking.
  • Numeric Data Conversion and Output Routing.
  • The CASE Statement and Controlling Switches.
  • Looping with the FOR-NEXT Statement.
  • Extending the FOR-NEXT Construct.
  • An Introduction to FILE I/O.
  • Manipulating Dynamic Arrays.
  • A Generalized Data Entry Program.
  • Formatting Reports and Passing PROC Arguments.
  • Using the EXECUTE Statement.
  • External Subroutines.
  • Additional PICK/BASIC Concepts.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – A Beginner’s Guide to GAMBAS and more books
Page 2 – Learning to Program with Visual Basic and .NET Gadgeteer and more books

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