Anguilla Library Computer Club
BASIC Lesson #2: Get Data, Display Information
This lesson is the second part of a series on the
BASIC programming language.
In this lesson we would like you to explain what instructions
the computer performs for each line of the program. Remember
what you learned in lesson #1:
A computer language is a way of specifying exactly what
a computer should do, step by step.
There are some new commands you will see in the program. The
CLS command tells the computer to clear the screen; the REM
command accepts the line as a remark/comment and not as
an instruction to perform. Can you look up the COLOR command
in the help (Shift-F1)?
Activity: The "Create a Story" Program
If there is plenty of time, type in the program below
and save it under your name by pressing Alt-F for
the File menu list and
then A for Save As.
If time is short, use Alt-F O to open the pre-typed program in
When you are ready to try running the program, press
F5 (function key #5).
REM This is a simple Program. Can you Say what it does for each line?
COLOR 6, 9
20 INPUT "What is your name"; name$
40 INPUT "How old are you"; age
PRINT "OK "; name$; ", you are "; age; " years old."
IF age > 17 THEN PRINT "With age comes maturity."
PRINT "Now lets get some important information to record"
60 INPUT "What is your favorite color"; color$
70 INPUT "Who is your favorite singer"; singer$
80 INPUT "What is your favorite sport"; sport$
90 INPUT "Where do you live"; live$
COLOR 9, 12
PRINT "Long, long ago, lived someone by the name of "; name$; ","
PRINT "who lived in Anguilla in a village called "; live$
PRINT "and enjoyed listening to "; singer$; " and "; sport$;
PRINT " on a "; color$; " radio."