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MapBasic is a procedural, interpreted programming language for developing customized applications in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) with MapInfo Professional. The language is used to automate repetitive tasks, create custom user interfaces and perform advanced spatial analysis within the GIS software. MapBasic integrates tightly with MapInfo's mapping capabilities and database management system. The syntax is similar to other BASIC dialects and includes functions for handling workspace windows and tables, managing layers, querying spatial data and displaying results on maps. This makes it easier for users already familiar with BASIC languages to transition into developing interactive GIS applications without needing extensive knowledge of complex programming languages or environments.