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by Reas, Montfort, Baudoin, Bell, Bogost, Douglass, Marino, Mateas, Sample, Vawter

ISBN: 9780262304573 | Copyright 2012

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This book takes a single line of code -- the extremely concise BASIC program for the Commodore 64 inscribed in the title -- and uses it as a lens through which to consider the phenomenon of creative computing and the way computer programs exist in culture. The authors of this collaboratively written book treat code not as merely functional but as a text -- in the case of 10 PRINT, a text that appeared in many different printed sources -- that yields a story about its making, its purpose, its assumptions, and more. They consider randomness and regularity in computing and art, the maze in culture, the popular BASIC programming language, and the highly influential Commodore 64 computer.

Casey Reas

Casey Reas is Professor of Design Media Arts at UCLA and coauthor of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (MIT Press, 2007).


Nick Montfort

Nick Montfort is Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the coauthor of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 and Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, the coeditor of The New Media Reader, and the author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction, all published by the MIT Press.


Patsy Baudoin

Patsy Baudoin is Digital Humanities, Media and Film Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies Librarian at MIT.

John Bell

John Bell is Assistant Professor of Innovative Communication Design at the University of Maine.

Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, and the coauthor of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (MIT Press, 2010).

Jeremy Douglass

Jeremy Douglass is a postdoctoral researcher in software studies at the University of California, San Diego, in affiliation with Calit2.

Mark C. Marino

Mark C. Marino is Associate Professor (Teaching) and directs the Humanities and Critical Code Studies (HaCCS) Lab at the University of Southern California.

Michael Mateas

Michael Mateas is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Mark Sample

Mark Sample is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.

Noah Vawter

Noah Vawter is a sound artist.