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Meaning of MICROSOFT BASIC

 
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(MS-BASIC) A dialect of basic from microsoft, originally developed by bill gates in a garage back in the cp/m days. It was originally known as GWBasic, then QBASIC and finally MS-BASIC.

When the ms-dos operating system came out, it incorporated the GWBASIC.EXE or BASICA.EXE interpreters. GWBASIC ("Gee Whiz") incorporated graphics and a screen editor and was compatible with earlier BASICs.

QBASIC was more sophisticated. Version 4.5 had a full screen editor, debugger and compiler. The compiler could also produce executable files but to run these a utility program (BRUN44.EXE) had to be present. Thus source code could be kept private.

From DOS 5.0 or 6.0 onwards, MS-BASIC was standard.

Current version: 1.1, also produces stand-alone executables and can display graphics.

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