Return to Basics, or RTB is a programming language inspired by the BASIC programming language that was used on the microcomputers of the late 1970s and 1980s.
As well as having an interactive environment allowing program entry, debugging, listing and so on in the same way as traditional BASIC has with line numbers, it also takes a more modern approach with a full-screen syntax highlighting editor which allows easier program entry without line-numbers, a unified looping construct, multi-line if/then/else statements, named procedures and functions and many more features to list here.
It currently runs on the Raspberry Pi under Raspbian.
I always like to demonstrate by example, so…
10 REM TOSS A COIN 20 c = RND (2) 30 IF c = 0 THEN GOTO 100 40 PRINT "Tails" 50 PRINT "Try again "; 60 INPUT t$ 70 IF t$ = "y" THEN GOTO 20 80 END 100 PRINT "Heads" 110 GOTO 50
// Flip a coin cycle coin = rnd (2) // gives 0 or 1 if coin = 0 then print "Heads" else print "Tails" endif print "Try again "; input try$ repeat until try$ <> "y"
The push today is to teach coding – the question is: “how”. I think that RTB makes an ideal environment to help young people learn the principles of coding. I’m not advocating its use in the real-world, but as a step to learn the concepts of coding. It’s fast, interactive, features a full compliment of graphical functions (including sprites), sound, Minecraft integration and many other features – hopefully enough to stop young people becoming bored in the classroom.
FUZE BASIC is a commercial version of RTB provided alongside the FUZE Hardware platform. See the FUZE website for more details.