Understanding Basic Language

What is a Program?

A computer can be given instructions in the form of a program. Program is a very common word in your day-to-day life also. For e.g. to post a letter you will
1. Get ready
2. Go to Post Office
3. Give money to the Post Master for stamp
4. Take stamp and fix it on the envelope
5. Post the letter in the letter box
6. Come back home

Here, set of instructions are listed step wise to post a letter. It means that a program was set for you. A set of instructions is called a program. 
We give data and instructions to the computer to do any task. We can define a computer program, as a set of instructions given to a computer to get desired result.

Need for a Programming Language

A language that is encrypted in binary numbers or a language similar to binary numbers that a computer’s hardware understands is understood more speedily by the computer. Languages that use English like statements are easier for programmers to use, but they have to be translated first so that the computer can understand it.
The person who writes the program for computer is known as Programmer and programs are known as Software. A computer follows the instructions given by the programmer to perform a specific job. To perform a particular task, a programmer prepares a sequence of instructions known as program, which is written in a programming language.

Program: A set of instructions given to the computer to execute a task is known as program and the process of writing is called programming. A person who writes programs is called a programmer.

BASIC - Beginners’ All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code was developed by John G Kemeny and Thomas E Kurtz at Dartmouth College in U.S.A. in 1964. It is one of the simplest and easy to use computer languages. Basic is a High Level Programming Language, also termed as the Interpreter which reads one statement of a program at a time and executes appropriate instructions leading to some computations.
Basic is an interactive language, meaning it allows interactive communication between the user and the computer during the execution of programs.
Like other languages, computer languages also have grammar. Grammar used for any computer language is known as Syntax of that language.
We have to follow some rules and these rules are known as Syntax rules. While writing a program if we make a mistake in the syntax, then computer displays error message “Syntax Error”.

Syntax Rules of Basic

1. Basic Program is made up of lines or statements. A new statement should be written on a new line.
2. All statements should have a line number.
3. Line number should be a positive integer (whole number).
4. No two statements can have the same line number.
5. Line number should be followed by Basic command.
6. Statements are executed in ascending order only.
7. Program should end with END command. END command should have the highest line number. Any line number after the END will be ignored.
8. Usually line numbers are given in the multiples of 10s.

We have to provide data to the computer in the form of a program. Data are made up of different characters.

Characters: Any sign or symbol is known as a character. The basic character set is made up of Alphabets, Numbers, and Special signs. For e.g. A to Z, 0 to 9, # “ $ etc. Blank space is also considered as a character.

Data: Data is a fact. Data consists of character set. Data is processes to get information. Processed data is called result. Data is of two types: Numeric and Non-Numeric.

Numeric: This information has only numbers. These numbers can be positive, negative, fractional or integer. Information regarding age, time, height, weight will always be a number. Numeric data is used for mathematical calculations e.g. 45. 67.7. 34x4, 89+4 etc.

Non-numeric: This information consists of numbers, alphabets or any other special sign. Non numeric information is generally written in quotation marks in the computer programs. With non-numeric information one cannot do Mathematical calculation. E.g.”Roshan” , “45 apples “ , “ $%”.

Process: Process means work done on the information.

Result: The processed data are called result.            NEXT PAGE>>

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