BBC BASIC for Windows

BBC BASIC for Windows

Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.12c
  • Total Downloads:
    7,021
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 31, 2004
  • Price:
    Free to try (8K memory limit, compile-disabled); $49.00 to buy

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5 stars

"A stable, mature implementation of a well-respected language"

May 26, 2005  |  By davidhobbs

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

This product offers the opportunity to update older (but proven) applications to run in the Windows environment. I have converted a 19-year old BBC-Basic real-time industrial control system to run under Windows XP-Pro. This has saved many hours of development time, and we can be confident that the machine will give many more years of trouble-free running.

As far as the customer is concerned, he has a control system with all the networking, monitoring and archiving capabilities of a PC-based solution.

This "ancient" language in its modern guise is being used to produce power generators for the new A380 airbus, as well as many other aerospace components.

Cons

Some of the Windows API calls could be better documented, although I must stress that the documentation is generally of a high standard. Technical queries usually receive prompt responses from the BB4W Yahoo user group members.

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5 stars

"Artist or craftsman -- BBC4W is a superb tool!"

May 26, 2005  |  By cpc

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

The best BASIC there is I'd say. Effort and results are scaleable from simple basic code, use of windows API routines and GUI envornment, through to full assembly language programming. The ability to 'compile' an exe file means programs can be used by anyone running widows. The author R Russell is incredibly accessible and genuinely helpful to users, as is the community of programmers who freely share hints, code, and constructive criticism on a Yahoo forum.

Cons

As others have said, it take time to learn how to use any tool and how to use it to get the best possible results. Past experience makes me at home with the BBC BASIC programing environment and even the implementation of an assembler, but I'm only slowly discovering its power when coupled with access to the Windows routines.

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5 stars

"A great product"

May 26, 2005  |  By baslago

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

everything

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5 stars

"Very extremely versatile form of Basic"

May 26, 2005  |  By GordonSweet

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

BBC BASIC is an extremely versatile form of Basic based on the very successful BBC computer sponsored by the British Broadcasting Corporation in the early 80s, as an aid to learning. As such it has a very wide range of functions not to found in most other languages, without access to complex API calls. The new version also has the ability to access the popular Boxes, Buttons, and Menus available within Windows. I have been using this software for over a year, and have never experienced any problems of a virus, as stupidly claimed by another reviewer, who appears to have a grudge against this very professional package.

Cons

A liitle more awkward than some other Basics at accessing Windows Boxes, Buttons, and menus etc.

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5 stars

"Windows version of original BBC Basic"

May 25, 2005  |  By andrew_cool

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

Highly structured, logical, yet easy to learn. Runs Code written 23 years ago on

an 8 bit machine. Access to Windows API,

and built in assembler!

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4 stars

"BBC BASIC should be a requirement in any programmers or teachers toolkit."

April 23, 2005  |  By JonR

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

* BBC BASIC is a mature language which has been in use for at least 24 years.

* The demonstration version is exceptionally functional and useful compared with other commercial BASIC demos.

* Wide range of commented example programs demonstrating various aspects of programming with the language. New example programs are added on a regular basis. Comes with an expanding range of useful relevant code libraries.

* Excellent documentation, user support, a good community and regular free updates.

* Very easy to learn with a fast learning curve. BBC BASIC for Windows is an ideal first programming language to learn and is emminantly suitable for teaching programming to both children and adults. Most of the original BBC BASIC programming books are still relevant for learning the language.

* Compiled executables are small--usually under 80Kb--require no run-time libraries or additional files and are compatible with all versions of Windows from 95 to XP SP2. Despite being an interpreted language programs run exceptionally quickly.

* Resource editors to create windows and icons are provided with full source code.

* An excellent language for rapid program development and testing.

* Able to load, compile and run a large amount of software originally written in BBC BASIC for the Acorn Electron, BBC Series and RISC OS computers. This is not an emulator though, it is a fully featured programming language suited for beginners and professionals alike and has numerous extensions and enhancements.

Cons

* The source editor has a few minor idiosyncracies and the dialog editor is a little awkward to use when used to other modern editors.

* Some aspects of programming the Windows API with BBC BASIC for Windows have a steep learning curve.

* It is not possible to create console mode, CGI or DOS programs. However BBC BASIC x86 is available from the author which can.

* You need to resort to machine language on a few occasions to deal with some aspects of the Windows API - full commented example code of how to achieve this is provided.

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5 stars

"BB4W gives my programmes a Professional appearance."

April 23, 2005  |  By Hallett

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

I have been programming in BBC Basic since the BBC B Model first appeared and have enjoyed many hundreds of hours working with this easy and flexible programming language.

The latest version for Windows written by Richard Russell (BB4W), has given my programmes a Professional appearance being now totally compatible for Windows.

The comprehensive Help files and Richards friendly approach has made this latest package a joy to work with.

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5 stars

"An easy to use (well documented), yet very powerful and versatile langauge"

April 22, 2005  |  By dredandy

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

* Good documentation, including many very helpful example programs.

* Easy to use interface.

* An easy way to write powerful programs for Windows. Staight forward use of API commands.

* Bargain price.

* By far, my favourite, and most PRODUCTIVE version of BBC BASIC.

* It provides an easy way to learn and write assembly language code.

* Easy and free to update (It is updated frequently)

* Small program, easy to install, does not take up much disc space. I so far, have not found ANY bugs.

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5 stars

"A very useful inmplementation of Basic"

April 22, 2005  |  By bpn1936

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

It's very easy to use, is regularly improved by the author and can be used to write some quite powerful programs by linking with the Widows API's

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4 stars

"Very good implementation"

April 22, 2005  |  By praison2

 |  Version: BBC BASIC for Windows 3.12c

Pros

Follows BBC Basic pretty well

Cons

Can't easily create multiple top level windows

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General
Publisher R. T. Russell
Publisher web site http://www.rtrussell.co.uk/
Release Date December 31, 2004
Date Added December 31, 2004
Version 3.12c
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Interpreters & Compilers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 3.44MB
File Name bbcwdemo.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,021
Downloads Last Week 22
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License Model Free to try
Limitations 8K memory limit, compile-disabled
Price $49

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