April 28, 2012 11:10pm CST
So I was stumbling around the web one day, while I came across this. Qbasic 64. It's basiclly a 64-bit version of qbasic with a lot more features. None of the limitations of the old qbasic are present. It even has new commands and supports a lot more things. There is a 32-bit version as well. QB64 runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. It's really neat, it also comes with a lot of sample programs, and the documentation is pretty good too. You can check it out at http://www.qb64.net Anyone else think this is a neat way to expand qbasic?
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4 Jul 12
Oh, yes! QB64 was actually something that got me back into programming, because QuickBASIC was my first computer language. I actually love the fact that Galeon, the lead programmer, even re-created the old IDE. Pure nostalgia. I played around with some features and I really like how it's pretty easy to display graphics and play music. This is probably due to the fact that SDL is pretty much built in. Buuuuuuuut... I don't think it's the better BASIC alternative out there. I've been playing around with FreeBASIC, too, and I think it's better by virtue of a couple of things: 1.) It's more like a traditional programming language, with all the flexibility that implies. You can call C libraries, do ASM, make DLLs, and all that good machine-level stuff. QB64 seems more like a program that just happens to imitate the old QB IDE, which, as wonderful and powerful as it is, makes it seem a little more claustrophobic and heavyweight, especially seeing how every program made with QB64 needs every dependency that comes with it. 2.) FreeBASIC not only supports QB syntax (to some degree) but it also adds object-oriented constructs. It's nice to have another paradigm handy. QB64, however, is much better at handling old QB programs, methinks. And, QB64 IS 64-bit, while FB is stuck at 32 for the moment. There's that. Overall, I kinda like both, but I like FreeBASIC just a little bit better. But, hey. Both are still kinda young and in development, and I want to see how QB64 matures. Maybe it'll blow FB out of the water in the future!