TRS-80 "comes ready to program". It used BASIC. I wonder how many people could program in BASIC at the time? I do remember seeing books on BASIC programing in book stores.
I used to have old Heathkit (remember them?), Radio Shack, and ATARI AGE catalogues/magazines on my shelf in my childhood, and a couple of my Dad's purchases of Popular Mechanics.-BASIC is completely outmoded, as was the later COBOL and PASCAL programming languages, but LOGO (an early type of animation tool) and BASIC could be learned from children from some of thse books you mentioned here. And the TI-994A computer [there's a Texas Instruments main branch right outside my neighborhood, by a highschool here, 2016] came with a book with BASIC programs and a few little games like a frog, a moving mouse, and a Mr Bojangles character and such.
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