IBM Basic Assembly Language - A Note On The Name

A Note On The Name

Properly speaking, "Basic Assembly Language" was the name of the extremely restricted dialect designed to be assembled on early System/360 machines with only 8KiB of main memory, and only a card reader, a card punch, and a printer for input/output ("I/O"): thus the word "Basic". However, the full name and the initialism "BAL" almost immediately attached themselves in popular use to all assembly-language dialects on the System/360 and its descendants.

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