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Starting BBC BASIC -Tutorial 001


Click on the "BBC Basic for Windows Icon" on your desktop to bring up the editing window, then click on the "immediate" button:



The"immediate mode" allows you to issue BBC BASIC instructions to the computer and see the effect immediately. The new window which has popped up has a ">" sign and a flashing prompt sign against it where you can enter letters, figures or symbols from the keyboard.

The traditional starting point when learning BBC Basic is to  type:

PRINT "Hello"

When you press the "Enter key" on the keyboard you will see that the computer has indeed printed the word within the  speech marks onto the screen.  The computer is starting to obey you!

Notice that the prompt sign has reappeared to enable you to issue further instructions.

Try typing the following into the "immediate mode" window and see the effect that you get when you press the  "Enter key" after each statement. You will soon be able to see how BB4W (BBC Basic for Windows) operates....

PRINT "How does it do it?"

PRINT 5

PRINT 5+2

PRINT "5+2"

PRINT 6/3

PRINT 10*9

PRINT 10*(3+2)

PRINT 12/(5-3)

a=55
PRINT a
PRINT a/5

PRINT 10^2
PRINT 10^3

PRINT SQR(16)
PRINT SQR(2)

A$="This computer is a smart cookie"
PRINT A$
L=LEN(A$)
PRINT L
PRINT LEFT$(A$,13)
PRINT RIGHT$(A$,14)
PRINT MID$(A$,15,2)

MODE 8
COLOUR 129
COLOUR  3
MODE1
PRINT TIME$
PRINT "Today is ";LEFT$(TIME$,15)
PRINT "The time is ";RIGHT$(TIME$,10)


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In our next tutorial we will start to write PROGRAMS, made up of (slightly) longer series of instructions.

Click here to start to write programs

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