We recently learned about this great project to bring a simple BASIC interpreter to the Pi to help beginners programming from Liz over at RaspberryPi.org.
A large number of engineering professionals are using the Raspberry Pi to explain to their kids what it is they do at work. When we’ve met these families, the enthusiasm positively dripping off everybody has been extraordinary. But we’ve also had a really surprising number of emails from parents who haven’t done any programming since school, but who still have books on BASIC from when they were kids, remember enjoying computing lessons, and want to share some of what they used to do with their kids. It’s actually a great way to get kids started, especially if you have some enthusiasm of your own to share: enthusiasm’s contagious.
The good news for those people, and for anyone else who wants to learn BASIC from scratch or revisit an old friend, is that TinyBASIC is now available for the Raspberry Pi. Andrew Lack has ported this very lightweight editor, interpreter and graphics package to the Pi, and we think it’s great.
And here some more details directly from the TinyBASIC One site:
TinyBASIC One is a simple BASIC interpreter which has been created to get beginners programming on the Raspberry Pi as quickly as possible.
One of its unique features is the provision of
flavours which allows the beginner to taste programming
with vanilla which has the
simple—but unsatisfactory—GOTO statement, then make the
switch to sweeter raspberry and learn the joys of
structured programming where GOTO is banned!
TinyBASIC One includes:
- an editor to create, save, load and run programs
- the BASIC interpreter
- support for drawing simple graphic shapes
The project gets its inspiration from Li-Cheng Wang’s
Palo Alto Tiny Basic
which originally occupied an amazing 1.77kB of memory!
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