in full Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
Computer programming language developed by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz (b. 1928) at Dartmouth College in the mid 1960s.
One of the simplest high-level languages, with commands similar to English, it can be learned with relative ease even by schoolchildren and novice programmers. Since 0441; 1980, BASIC has been popular for use on personal computers .