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Chipmunk Basic

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Ron Nicholson




Chipmunk Basic

Chipmunk Basic is an interpreter for the BASIC Programming Language. It runs on multiple OS platforms, and is reasonably fast for a pure interpreter. Chipmunk Basic presents a traditional (vintage) terminal-command-line programming environment, and supports a simple, old-fashioned, and easy-to-learn dialect of the Basic Programming Language. (Line numbers are required when using the built-in command-line console, but are not required in Basic programs written using an external text editor.) The language also supports a few advanced extensions. Free for educational and personal use.



Disclaimer: These versions of Chipmunk Basic are distributed in the hope that they might be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND; not even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS for ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. (There will be bugs!)


The Basic Programming Language

General Information

BASIC (an acronym for "Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code") is the name of a family of related high-level programming languages, developed circa 1963 at Dartmouth College, to provide an accessible and easy-to-learn environment for non-science students to understand and use computers. In the early 1980's, the Basic programming language was built-in to the vast majority of all personal computers sold.

  • Lots more Information on Basic Programming - including:
    • History of the Basic Programming Language
    • Basic Programming Language Stardards
    • Source code for some old Basic programs
    • Source code for many Basic interpreters and compilers
    • A list of some Basic programming environments

  • Wikipedia page on the Basic Programming Language
  • Wikipedia page on the Tiny-Basic, including many links to source code.

Ron Nicholson