The BASIC Instructional Program Student Manual: Mainsail Conversion,
STANFORD UNIV CA INST FOR MATHEMATICAL STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
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This course is designed to help you learn some fundamental programming concepts through the BASIC language. BASIC is widely used it is probably available on almost any computer system you are likely to encounter. BIP is an acronym for BASIC Instructional Program, the program that runs this course. It is used only for this purpose and you will never hear of it in another context. The first section of the manual introduces you to BIP and some of keys on the terminal that you should know about. The main body of the manual is the second section, which explains fundamental programming concepts and structures and describes the language in which you will write your own programs namely, BASIC. The third section lists and explains BIPs special commands. The glossary lists all the specialized terms used in the manual, and refers to the appropriate sections for further information.
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