Notes for John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz Back to Basic: The History, Corruption, and Future of the Language

Key concepts: batch processing.


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INTRODUCTION

Dartmouth College decision for promoting computer literacy led to development of time sharing and BASIC language.

(vii) In 1963 Dartmouth College made a decision to enable all students to become computer-literate. To implement that decision required sweeping new ways to bring computing and students together. Two of those ways stand out. The first was that we needed a totally different way to distribute the computer resource; batch processing simply would not work. The second was that we needed to develop a new language, one that was far easier to learn and use for large numbers of students; none of the existing langauges was suitable.







Kemeny, John G. and Thomas E. Kurtz. Back to Basic: The History, Corruption, and Future of the Language. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesly Publishing Company, Inc., 1985. Print.