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PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships!

90889 4-DEC 23:02 New Uploads
PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships!
From: FHOGG To: ALL

“This new language (PowerBasic) may be the most significant thing to
come along for OS9 in the last ten years!”

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NOW SHIPPING < <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< PowerBasic for OS9/68000 Finally, someone wrote a BASIC compiler for OS9! PowerBasic is the only native (68000) code BASIC compiler for use with
the OS-9/68000 Operating System.

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I’ve just uploaded information on PowerBasic to the DL. Two files, one
gives the promo information and the other covers a introductory offer
that saves you $50 if ordered by the end of the month. Over the next
several days I will be uploading a more complete technical spec and
examples in PowerBasic source and object that you can try on your own
computer. I’ve downloaded a whole bunch of Basic09 programs from the DL
here and I plan to use some of them as examples also. My intent is to
see and show what is involved in converting regular Basic09 type
programs to PowerBasic and what speed and size advantages there are. If
you have any other suggestions you would like to see me try please let
me know.

I got my copy of PowerBasic just before Thanksgiving and have been
getting up to speed on it. So far I like it very much. The compiler runs
fast and the resultant code generated is also fast. Much much faster
than Basic09. I’ve been having fun looking at the ‘.a’ files to see what
assembler code is generated by PowerBasic and to watch how changes in
the Basic program effect the assembler code. PowerBasic makes this easy
because the Basic source line is inserted into the ‘.a’ file as a
comment.

PowerBasic object is stand alone, no ‘runb’ type of thing is needed. I
like this because it keeps the whole project as one program. No need to
worry about having all the pieces needed to make something work.

I’m looking for feedback so please feel free to ask questions and make
suggestions.

Thanks
Frank Hogg
FHL

16 comments to PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships!

  • pucc_unknown

    90894 5-DEC 18:38 New Uploads
    RE: PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships! (Re: Msg 90889)
    From: THETAURUS To: FHOGG

    Frank you couldn’t have announced this at a better time! I was just asking
    everyone and his brother about this project for the last couple weeks. I will
    dl that file. This will definately be a step in the right direction(and one
    more reason to go OSK :-) )
    >Chris<

  • pucc_unknown

    90903 6-DEC 05:49 New Uploads
    RE: PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships! (Re: Msg 90889)
    From: EDELMAR To: FHOGG

    > PowerBasic is the only native (68000) code BASIC compiler for use with
    > the OS-9/68000 Operating System.

    > I’m looking for feedback so please feel free to ask questions and make
    > suggestions.

    Good show. Does it include GFX for G-WINDOWS or other graphics? Any plans
    for OS-9000?

    Ed Gresick

  • pucc_unknown

    90905 6-DEC 21:45 New Uploads
    RE: PowerBasic for OS9/68000 ships! (Re: Msg 90903)
    From: FHOGG To: EDELMAR

    > Good show. Does it include GFX for G-WINDOWS or other graphics? Any plans
    > for OS-9000?

    For the first question see my message 90904. A GFX type of capability is in the
    future. However because PB can call C Libs you can use the GW dev pak as is
    just like you do with C. Mind you I havn’t actually done that yet but as soon
    as I get caught up wit
    h stuff I will. I hope to upload a series of files that have source and bins
    showing off PB.

    On OS-9000… Yes but just future plans at this time. The door is being left
    open in the code for other CPUs like Intel and PowerPC. As PB includes inline
    asm it would be a bit of trouble but it can be done.

    Frank