[Coco] Re: Weird errors
Michael and Holli Ranck
michaelholliranck at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 15 16:04:09 EDT 2006
Except for the memory hungry nature of it (Which is typical of an interpreted language anyway) I always liked Basic09. I'd have to agree though its too structured to be BASIC and too strange to be anything else.
Leon Howell <puritan_2076 at yahoo.com> wrote: > >Syscalls? Setstats? XMode and TMode? What idiot named this weird half
> >complete language "basic" anyway?
> Ah, you haven't seen nothin' yet. Under CP/M I can show you some
> true obscenities calling themselves "BASIC".
You mean like "SBasic" or "CBasic"?
> Besides, BASIC-09's complexities are just the result of running under
> a real OS that provides real, complicated services to the user
Ok, first, no, "basic"-09 is not basic, it's Fortran. It might have been a
very good version of fortran if it was an editor/compiler, but it's not, it's
an editor/interpreter. You don't compile "basic"-09, you compact it or
something, and still need the runb interpreter to run the program. If it was
possible to get a compiled machine language program out of it, I wouldn't
complain exept about it's being called Basic. Basic is basicaly an Imedeiate-
mode interpreter version of Fortran, the first high-level language, exept that
most Basics don't use so many system calls and fortran uses them constantly.
Second, even primitive versions of Basic have things like sound and graphics
commands built in if they are available at all. I've seen some pretty weird
ways of adding new commands to basic, but they really were Basic commands,
weird or not.
MBasic, for CP/M and TRS-DOS, and MSX-Basic, require a "shell", "sys",
or "cmd" command to do *anything* with the disk exept load/save &
delete. "basic"-09 (OS-9 Fortran interpreter) seems to require a similar
connand for sound, graphics, i/o, or almost anything else.
> >And where can I get a copy of Burke & Burke RSB - The only version of Basic
> >available for OS-9?
> Try Brother Jeremey. It's my understanding he inheritied B&B's
> remaining stock. Or maybe it was the Glenside club? There was also
> something called "RUSTY" which was supposed to be like RSB, but I
> don't know where you can find that. (Rusty was last seen advertised by
> Northern Xposure.)
How do I contact Brother Jeremy and Northern Xposure?
> It does have its flaws, but as BASICs go it's pretty nice.
As Fortrans go, it's probably one of the best, if it can be compiled.
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