The Jargon File

Toy Language

A programming language good for learning, but not much else.

The classic example is Pascal.

BASIC is often considered a toy language too - and more recent versions are.  However, it should be noted that during the early 80's 8-Bit scene, there were varieties of BASIC that allowed on to drop to Assembler, and even binary from within BASIC, and it is probably unfair to consider these toy languages.  In fact, it was often necessary to bootstrap assembler from a BASIC loader!

The alternative to loading assembler from BASIC was either handing over to C/PM (which took far too much RAM when you only had 48K of 64K to play with), or using dirty, unpublished hardware hacks.
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