commands for ms BASIC

July 23, 2011 at 16:08:20
Specs: ms BASIC
just wondering how to work and some commands for ms BASIC

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July 23, 2011 at 23:50:37
Hi Mustang

when pc's first became generally available, they tended to come with an operating system and a programming language, which was basic.

Two or three Comprehensive manuals were supplied

Operating System

Would suggest you obtain a copy of the Basic manual, from somewhere like ebay/computing /vintage where they are regularly offered inexpensively.

One sees unopened packs of dos manual offered which should include this.

An interesting aspect of basic, was that for commercial programming previously:-

one wrote a (source) program
input this to a compiler program which created a (semi-compiled) or (object(compiled)) program
if semi-compiled, input this to a consolidator program, which expanded source calls for pre-written subroutines and extra-codes create a (object) program
The object program is the final version that runs on the computer.

With basic, the source is written then input to the compiler which interpretes it and runs it then and there. Previously this method tended to be used with some scientific, as opposed to commercial, programming languages.

Here endeth todays history lesson. :-)

Perhaps others can recommend a website that offers a self-teach facility for basic.

Personally I find this method ok, but the problem is, a screen can only hold so much information and the necessary flipping back and forth when studying is much easier with a manual than with a screen.

Good Luck - Keep us posted

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July 24, 2011 at 08:59:45
i bought an ibm system 23 computer from the 1980s and im just wondering how to
use the thing and make the os do stuff (i only know dos right now) like what i type for certain things and i remember reading it acually had BASIC built in if thats any different.

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July 24, 2011 at 15:16:09
Here's a tutorial of sorts for GW Basic; I don't know how helpful it will be, but here's a link to an MS Basic forum.

Good luck.

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July 24, 2011 at 17:14:00
thank you it make sense now :-)

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July 24, 2011 at 23:10:29
The IBM System 23 does not use any form of MS/PC DOS. It was sold as a business system. If you got it with software then you can use it.

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July 25, 2011 at 15:05:58
so i cant use it without software could it have software installed on it?

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July 26, 2011 at 00:04:03
The machine apparently had a OS based on BASIC similar to the original IBM PC. Software included Accounting and Word Processing. It is based on the 8-bit 8085 cpu. You probably could write or adapt software. A lot of software for early microcomputers were written in BASIC.

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July 26, 2011 at 08:46:57
so i can still write software

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July 26, 2011 at 10:25:47
Yes, you should get a copy of the BASIC manual for that dialect. All the BASIC's were very similar but had commands to support the specific hardware. Did you get the 8 inch floppies with the system or any manuals?

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August 2, 2011 at 17:43:47
no just the system acually i haven't bought it yet i'm just making shure i could use it as a hobby

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