Developer(s)Ian Larsen & James M. Reneau
Stable release / June 30, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-06-30)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeProgramming language

Basic-256 is a project to learn the basics of computer programming.[1] The project started in 2007 inspired by the article “Why Johnny can't code” by David Brin, which also inspired the creation of Microsoft Small Basic.[2] Its main focus is to provide a simple and comprehensive environment for middle/high school students to learn the basics of computer programming.[3]

Basic-256 started as a simple version of BASIC: the code editor, text output window and graphics display window are all visible in the same screen.[4] However, successive versions have added new features,[5] namely:

Complete documentation is available in English, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

See also


  1. ^ "Basic-256". Think Penguin. Retrieved 2024-02-25.
  2. ^ Ratliff Sr., Gary L. (October 2008). "An Alphabet of Computer Languages: BASIC". PCLinuxOS Magazine. Retrieved 2024-02-25.
  3. ^ Williams, Mike (2014). "BASIC-256: computer programming for (complete) beginners". Beta News.
  4. ^ "Learn Programming Fundamentals with Free BASIC-256". TrishTech. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2024-02-25.
  5. ^ Emms, Steve (2024-11-08). "BASIC-256 – easy to use version of BASIC". LinuxLinks. Retrieved 2024-02-25.