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An easy-to-use version of BASIC designed to teach young children the basics of computer programming in a comfortable learning environment

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Sure enough, programming isn’t quite for everyone, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be learned by everyone. What’s more, it’s better done at a young age, just like most activities that require a lot of practice. In this regard, BASIC-256 comes with the means to help anyone willing to learn programming through the BASIC language.

Visually appealing and easy to use

Once the application gets installed on your system, you’re free to check out the set of features. In terms of design, the interface lets you quickly accommodate, and although the canvas is initially empty, you can fit it with one of the various preset example projects. What’s more, two additional output windows let you view text, as well as graphics for better understanding.

The canvas you get to write on is fitted with almost all elements that a programming interface needs. In other words, there’s a syntax highlighter to easily identify functions, which are also neatly organized, line numbering is included, as well as an indicator for number of character on the line you select.

Good, but far from being a pro

Moreover, BASIC-256 lets you quickly jump to specific lines or parts of text, thanks to a built-in search functions. There’s also the possibility to have text replaced, which is a neat advantage for a programming interface.

You can arrange the code a bit better through the beautify functions, or even remove unnecessary blank spaces from the document. Unfortunately, the application doesn’t come with a list of commands, nor autocomplete feature to be of more help.

Once the code is all written down, you can press run and see if all goes well. If not, the text output window gives you indications on where to find errors. There’s the option to start debugging, but you need to know what you’re doing.

To sum it up

On an ending note, BASIC-256 is designed to help those willing to start learning how to make their own applications and games. Although fitted with an impressive array of examples, and keeps accommodation easy through the well-organized interface, it doesn’t quite make you understand how programming itself works.

BASIC-256 was reviewed by Mircea Dragomir
Last updated on September 30th, 2015
BASIC-256 - BASIC-256 will provide users with an easy-to-use version of BASIC designed to teach young children the basics of computer programmingBASIC-256 - Users will be able to beautify the source code as well as print both the text and graphics outputBASIC-256 - The View menu will allow users to fully customize the appearance of the application in order to match their preferencesBASIC-256 - screenshot #4

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