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Returning to Basic after many years. Advice please

Rocketman47Rocketman47 Member Posts: 2
Can anyone help with some advice please? I used to enjoy programming in Basic before PCs became popular. I used mainly Dragon Basic (fond memories), Locomotive (Amstrad) and Atari Basic. Any suggestions on a Basic I could install on my XP Pc and be up and running without too much messing about!
I've not programmed for quite a few years now and have no idea of modern Basic or about the cost involved. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks for reading.

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  • IDKIDK Member Posts: 1,784
    : Can anyone help with some advice please? I used to enjoy programming
    : in Basic before PCs became popular. I used mainly Dragon Basic (fond
    : memories), Locomotive (Amstrad) and Atari Basic. Any suggestions on
    : a Basic I could install on my XP Pc and be up and running without
    : too much messing about!
    : I've not programmed for quite a few years now and have no idea of
    : modern Basic or about the cost involved. Any help would be much
    : appreciated.
    : Thanks for reading.
    :

    I would recomend quickbasic, or qbasic, which are the one's I learned to program with. It's even included on some windows versions...
    If not, then just search this site or google for it and you'll find it.
  • GordonRGordonR Member Posts: 3
    : Can anyone help with some advice please? I used to enjoy programming
    : in Basic before PCs became popular. I used mainly Dragon Basic (fond
    : memories), Locomotive (Amstrad) and Atari Basic. Any suggestions on
    : a Basic I could install on my XP Pc and be up and running without
    : too much messing about!
    : I've not programmed for quite a few years now and have no idea of
    : modern Basic or about the cost involved. Any help would be much
    : appreciated.
    : Thanks for reading.
    :

    Wow, Dragon BASIC wasn't that for a 6809 CPU?
    Amstrad wasn't that a Z80A CPU
    Atari didn't they use 68000 CPU

    I would choose a new BASIC that has a lot in common with your knowledge.
    Like Liberty BASIC if you liked Atari or Amstrad
    or BBC BASIC that looks alot like Dragon?

    Keep this in mind!!!
    It's a Windows world here (MS).
    Start with a BASIC that can dig into Windows (the DLL's and API)
    Use Visual BASIC for that reason. But VB is very var from the
    BASIC you knew. So start with something easy like Liberty BASIC e.g.

    You can still catch up! No time to lose!!!!

    Gordon.
  • mpowellesqmpowellesq Member Posts: 2
    I would say, forget basic and learn how to program!!
    Use Pascal, you can combine this with studying. Most qualifications encourage programming using Pascal. Pick up a qualification; this will make it easier in the future.
    Also 3GL's are pants, make yourself marketable. Pickup a 4GL OR an ABL (Advanced Business Language / Logic).
    Example of marketable 4GL would be Progress Software an ABL would be OpenEdge (produced by Progress Software Corporation). OR if you wish to stay with BASIC try moving into Visual BASIC or / and .net
  • GordonRGordonR Member Posts: 3
    : I would say, forget basic and learn how to program!!
    : Use Pascal, you can combine this with studying. Most qualifications
    : encourage programming using Pascal. Pick up a qualification; this
    : will make it easier in the future.
    : Also 3GL's are pants, make yourself marketable. Pickup a 4GL OR an
    : ABL (Advanced Business Language / Logic).
    : Example of marketable 4GL would be Progress Software an ABL would be
    : OpenEdge (produced by Progress Software Corporation). OR if you
    : wish to stay with BASIC try moving into Visual BASIC or / and .net
    :

    Hello,
    Your missing the point.
    Read what you're saying. I did. Read what I said. Have you really?
    My point: To discover Windows you need BASIC (Visual BASIC e.g.)
    If you want to program, the choice of a language is large (about
    1012 at the moment) and you can make your own programming language
    too if you are good enough.

    And if you know some Atari BASIC and like to do those things again,
    why should you want to start all over again. Just fresh up your knowledge
    Do something easy like BASIC. With BASIC nowadays you can use the
    Windows DLL and API. Something you can't with PASCAL.

    Gordon




  • Rocketman47Rocketman47 Member Posts: 2
    : I would say, forget basic and learn how to program!!
    : Use Pascal, you can combine this with studying. Most qualifications
    : encourage programming using Pascal. Pick up a qualification; this
    : will make it easier in the future.
    : Also 3GL's are pants, make yourself marketable. Pickup a 4GL OR an
    : ABL (Advanced Business Language / Logic).
    : Example of marketable 4GL would be Progress Software an ABL would be
    : OpenEdge (produced by Progress Software Corporation). OR if you
    : wish to stay with BASIC try moving into Visual BASIC or / and .net
    :
    Thanks for all your replies. I'm just looking at Basic, it's only for a pastime, nothing more. I don't want or need any qualifications. FreeBasic is looking like it might suit me.
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