The first widely documented BASIC on the Data General Nova platform appears to be Data General Extended BASIC. I can date it to at least 1978 due to copyrights in the manual, but I suspect it was released years before that. Bob Leedom had to have something when he ported Star Trek circa 1974. Does anyone have a reasonable release date for Extended 1.x?

Beyond Extended, were there other dialects from earlier times? The only other BASIC I get hits on for DG is Data General Business BASIC, but that's later, and I believe only ran on their larger platforms?

  • I've only used Business BASIC. No floats - all integers but you could print them with dots in between to make up the currency. Problem is we used it in engineering. It was OK for costing stuff up and lookup databases but useless for anything else that needed floating point. – cup Jul 6 at 13:28
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    This article gives a year, but I haven't looked up from where they got it en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_General_Extended_BASIC – UncleBod Jul 6 at 14:18
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    Link to an older manual. This has copyright 1971-1975. archive.org/details/… – UncleBod Jul 6 at 14:26
  • Most excellent Bod! – Maury Markowitz Jul 6 at 15:30

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