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BASIC Programming on the Atari 2600 by Atari 2600

This BASIC interpreter is one of a few non-game cartridges for the console.

General Information

Developer - Atari, Inc.

Publisher - Atari, Inc.

Release - 1979

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - 1

Genre - 1979

BASIC Programming is an Atari Video Computer System (later called the Atari 2600) cartridge that teaches simple computer programming using a dialect of BASIC. Written by Warren Robinett and released by Atari, Inc. in 1979, this BASIC interpreter is one of a few non-game cartridges for the console. The Atari VCS's RAM size of 128 bytes restricts the possibilities for writing programs.

The BASIC Programming display is divided into six regions:

Program is where instructions are typed. It has a maximum of eleven lines of code.
Stack shows temporary results of what the program does.
Variables stores the values of any variables that the program is using.
Output displays any output values that the program creates.
Status shows the amount of available memory remaining.
Graphics contains two colored squares that can be manipulated by the program.

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