Chapter 1. Introduction to REALbasic

REALBASIC IS A MODERN, OBJECT-ORIENTED DESCENDENT of the venerable Basic programming language that I first encountered in my high school computer programming class, whose code I laboriously typed out on a dot-matrix terminal.

The original version of the language was developed in 1964. It was designed to be a good language for beginning programmers to learn, which is the very reason I learned to use it. In fact, the name “Basic” means Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

Microsoft released its first version of the language in the mid-1970s. New life was breathed into the language in 1991, when Microsoft released Visual Basic 1.0 (the latest iteration of Visual Basic is known as Visual Basic .NET, or ...

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