There was a proposal for an alt.basic or comp.lang.basic at one stage. My first
programming language was basic - and have fond memories of it (but would never
return to it) - a friend here just reminded me of a piece of humour which
compares languages with women - Here is the BASIC entry:
BASIC - The horny divorcee that lives next door. Her specialty is seducing
young boys and it seems she is always readily available for them. She
teaches them many amazing things, or at least they seem amazing because it is
their) first experience. She is not that young herself, but because she was
their first lover the boys always remember her fondly. Her cooking and
sewing skills are mediocre, but largely irrelevant, it's the frolicking that
the boys like. The opinion that adults have of Mrs. BASIC is varied.
Shockingly, some fathers actually introduce their own sons to this immoral
woman! But generally the more righteous adults try to correct the badly
influenced young men by introducing them to well behaved women like Miss
- Daniel J. Salomon
But seriously, I'm very biassed, and BASIC is now very structured, but I
would recommend investing the time to learn PASCAL - or if you're game C++.
It will make your code more maintainable, easier to read, more reusable,
a cure for cancer etc. If you're already a structured BASIC user, then
porting your code will be easy, and make it accessible to unix users who
live on a C and PASCAL diet. To answer your question, Visual Basic on
PCs, under the Windows (tm) environment seems to be good, and will let you
put a groovey interface on top when you're finished.
Tom J Parry.
Your reality is a figment of my imagination.