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  Pds71 and Mac Computers
Posted by: jag - 03-07-2012, 04:21 AM - Forum: General/Misc - Replies (2)

A few years back I wrote some programs(non game) which input data, write it to files, read these files and do different processes and print them/drop them into files which I could email the results out.  Now the wife bought an IMac.  So my question is, what programs are out there that are free/close to free, which are similar to qbasic/pds71 that i can rewrite my existing programs that will work on a mac?  I am no longer a computer guru (mabe 25 years ago, I used to write programs in business basic, but things change fast), so it would have to be something that is easy enough for me to do.

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  Issue 4 of BASIC Gaming released
Posted by: wildcard - 01-30-2012, 02:03 AM - Forum: QB/FB News - Replies (2)

The foruth edition of BASIC Gaming has been released, read about the latest developments/project in the BASIC gaming scene at http://games.freebasic.net/BASICGaming/I...index.html.

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  Issue 3 of BASIC Gaming released
Posted by: wildcard - 11-21-2011, 12:09 AM - Forum: QB/FB News - Replies (1)

The latest edition of BASIC Gaming has been released, issue number 3, check out the amazing new projects/developments/tutorials now at http://games.freebasic.net/BASICGaming/I...index.html to read it now.

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  Issue 2 of BASIC Gamer released
Posted by: wildcard - 09-24-2011, 11:11 PM - Forum: QB/FB News - Replies (2)

The latest edition of BASIC Gaming has been released this week, issue number 2. It showcases several interesting new projects in news brief (including some amazing ones by Dr_D), head on to http://games.freebasic.net/BASICGaming/I...index.html to read it now.

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  QB converter to BBC Basic
Posted by: GordonSweet - 09-21-2011, 03:52 PM - Forum: General QB "like" - No Replies

If you have some experience at using BBC BASIC developed such as for Schools in the UK many years ago, long before Windows and the Internet, and centered around proper Structured Programming, then you will find excellent free software for converting much of Qbasic to today’s BBC Basic for Windows at http://www.rtrussell.co.uk/


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  A QB Online Help Online (QBOHO) for the 21.1st century
Posted by: Jofers - 09-11-2011, 08:35 AM - Forum: QB Projects - Replies (1)

About a decade ago I was learning perl, and programming QBASIC, and so I took a stab at making this:

It was basically a translation of the old QuickBasic 4.5 online help files to HTML.  Wildcard agreed that it was ballin' and put it up for the world to see.

At the time, it was a huge project for me.  I tried so hard to find information about the Quickhelp format that I somehow contacted Ralph Walden of Microsoft about it. He actually replied by email, basically telling me that he lost the 1980s-era source code between his couch cushions and that I should find a girlfriend or something.   What I ended up creating was a mix of regular expressions, IE's propietary DOS codepage support and horribly broken IE-only shtml that would make your face melt away Raiders-style if clicked "view source".

Of course, since then I've acquired many a job and degree and my better half that normally keeps my stupid-project-starting in check is out of town.  So I thought it would be a cool labor day project to revamp the old girl, and give her some friends:

QuickBASIC 4.5

QuickBASIC 7.1


DOS 6.22

This time around I wrote a full-on RTF parser, and HTML emitter that keeps track of tag order uses Unicode instead of hoping that you're just using a dos-based browser.  It's in Python, while it's contradictory to write a QBASIC love letter in Python, it gets the job done.  Gets the job done about as fast as a handicapped turtle climbing upstairs to pass a reform bill through congress, but it gets the job done.

Source code:

I was hoping to use just straight-on UTF-8 encoding and the white-space: pre CSS tag, but IE8 hasn't really gotten it's act together with CSS 2.1 support and MySQL doesn't like non-BWM unicode pages so I'm stuck using HTML special tags for everything.  But it's flexible enough to produce output however you like.

If anyone is interested in hosting a copy on their website, including the proprietor of this fine website, all the machinery necessary is included in the source code.  I'd be happy to provide support if there are issues.

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  BASIC Game Issue 1 released
Posted by: wildcard - 09-08-2011, 10:06 PM - Forum: QB/FB News - Replies (2)

Lachie has released the first edition of BASIC Gaming, a "FB/QB64/QB games dedicated ezine". You can read it online at http://games.freebasic.net/BASICGaming/I...index.html. The second issue is due out in September so get your submissions in quick, http://www.freebasic.net/forum/viewtopic...ht=#162976.

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  Holy **** it's been 8 f---kin' years!
Posted by: TheBigBasicQ - 05-12-2011, 11:01 AM - Forum: General/Misc - Replies (14)

Ye olde timers will know me. This place is looking like it's falling apart. What the heck happened to QB? Is it dead / dying or is it just this forum? I think I left this forum atleast 8 years ago and briefly checked a while back. Was feeling nostalgic and I find some familiar names on the forum. I see wildcard's posts. Who is running this forum now? Last I knew SumoJo was supposed to be the admin. Wildcard left. Zire was running amuck...! It's been a LOOOOOONG time.

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  old programs stopped working in XP or in QB64
Posted by: jacobb - 01-06-2011, 10:45 PM - Forum: QB Discussion & Programming Help - Replies (1)

I haven't programmed for years, I've started with the old original basic and ended up using QB 7.1 (bc7) and even integrated them with sub routines in assembler (mach.qlb).  I still use my compiled programs with XP SP3 and even in Vista without any problem.
But I confess I lost the programming feeling and even forgot many details.
The first mistake I probably made was, when re-installing bc7 in my computer, to choose the wronng parameters regarding extended/expanded whatever.
The fact is that I can't even run my non-compiled programs, independently of their size. When I try to run then while in bas format, they respond with "out of memory" or "out of string memory". Why? is it possible that SP3 is limiting the memory much more that SP and SP2? Or, as I think, I forgot how to setup bc7 during its installation?
Then I tried to use QB64. A mess for me. Any program, even one that doesn't use any database, gives me "ide module error". Behind this message, I see a bunch of non recognizable characters. Is there a converter from qb to qb64?
Any help. please please?

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