BBC BASIC for Windows
A newer version of BBC BASIC for Windows is available.
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"Artist or craftsman -- BBC4W is a superb tool!"
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.
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.