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An Open Source, cross-platform version of BASIC especially designed for teaching young children

editor's review




BASIC-256 is a free, cross-platform, easy-to-use and open source software project that has been designed from the ground up to act as a desktop application for teaching anyone how to program through easy-to-follow tutorials. It is also an easy-to-use IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Features at a glance

Key features include traditional control structures, such as for, next, goto and gosub, helping youngsters to easily see how program flow-control works, comprehensive documentation, as well as support for English and Russian languages.

The software presents users with an easy-to-use and straightforward graphical user interface (GUI) that looks the same on all supported operating systems. It offers three view areas: Variable Watch, Graphics Output and Code Editor.

Designed for middle and high-school students

This application is primarily targeted at middle and high-school students, teaching them the basics of computer programming through a collection of easy-to-follow tutorials. It features a built-in graphics mode that allows students to draw pictures on screen in no time. In addition, it uses traditional control structures, such as for/next, goto, and gosub.

Under the hood and supported OSes

The software is written in the BASIC and C++ programming languages, around the Qt GUI toolkit, which is used for its graphical user interface. It’s is a cross-platform application that supports all GNU/Linux platforms, various BSD flavors, as well as the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Availability and supported platforms

Linux users can download this program as a universal sources archive, which can be optimized for your GNU/Linux operating system, but requires basic knowledge of compiling from sources. We recommend installing the application from the default software repositories of your distribution. It has been successfully tested on both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms.

BASIC-256 was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on October 13th, 2014
BASIC-256 - The main window, where users can start to type BASIC code and learn programming

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