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Berlin, Germany,
16.03.2019, 19:33
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS (Developers)

Hi all,

one can still get it. Support mailed me this in February:
Basically, the terms are this - this is still a licensed product - but for free. It is not freeware. If people inquire about how to get it - have them email support@powerbasic.com - I am working on a more permanent user friendly solution than this - so the link above will be temporary anyway.

You will get a download link and a serial number.

Cheers,
Robert

Guti(R)

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17.03.2019, 06:49
(edited by Rugxulo, 18.03.2019, 09:31)

@ rr
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

These are good news to keep PB in use. Even if it was not updated since 1996 or so, it is still the best Basic compiler for DOS, even supporting pointers: http://www.javiergutierrezchamorro.com/punteros-en-basic/2317

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17.03.2019, 07:19

@ Guti
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

> These are good news to keep PB in use. Even if it was not updated since
> 1996 or so, it is still the best Basic compiler for DOS, even supporting
> pointers:

The FreeBasic is also not bad :-D
But OK, you have on mind the 16-bit environment. And I am not sure how the pointers are implemented in FB.
But what I like on the Powerbasic is the nice IDE.

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Usono,
18.03.2019, 09:44

@ Laaca
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

> The FreeBasic is also not bad :-D

It's FOSS, multi-platform, supports (some) backwards compatibility, new extended syntax, compiles itself, has "-gen gcc", etc. It's very good.

> But OK, you have on mind the 16-bit environment.

Why not Turbo Pascal or FPC's i8086-msdos? I know they're different languages with different legacies and strengths, just saying ... {$mode tp} ain't bad.

> And I am not sure how the pointers are implemented in FB.

It has them, but I don't recall the syntax offhand. (Of course, FB is 32-bit DPMI, which is a different environment.)

As you probably know, classic Pascal didn't use pointers (except for the heap). Unlike C which used them for everything (arrays decay into pointers). So Pascal, traditionally, was safer and easier. Even Modula-2/Oberon relegated them (well, raw "addresses") to SYSTEM (only for low-level stuff). You shouldn't need them for normal apps just to use arrays.

> But what I like on the Powerbasic is the nice IDE.

Most people have third-party editors that they prefer over IDEs. There are billions of text editors. Exuberant Ctags is old but has some support for BASIC (hence good for VILE, JED, VIM, or whatever else). Not sure about GNU Emacs, but there's probably some support "somewhere".

Guti(R)

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31.03.2019, 10:59

@ Guti
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

> These are good news to keep PB in use. Even if it was not updated since
> 1996 or so, it is still the best Basic compiler for DOS, even supporting
> pointers:
> http://www.javiergutierrezchamorro.com/punteros-en-basic/2317

Surprissingly, even if still version 3.50, copyright is 2008, and EXEs are slightly different than my previous 1996 o 1997 version.[image]

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Usono,
18.03.2019, 09:37

@ rr
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

> this is still a licensed product

Isn't everything literally copyrighted by default nowadays?

> for free.

Honestly, did they mean "for a fee" here?????

> It is not freeware.

Uh ... so it's still "commercial" (or proprietary), I presume.

> You will get a download link and a serial number.

IIRC, this company is under new ownership. Yes, some people always raved about PB, so I'm glad it's still around for purchase, I suppose. I don't need it, but how much, exactly? (Used to be $99 USD, right?)

marcov(R)

21.03.2019, 12:03

@ Rugxulo
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

> > this is still a licensed product
>
> Isn't everything literally copyrighted by default nowadays?

Since the Berne convention, 5 December 1887 :-)

DosWorld(R)

24.03.2019, 15:33

@ rr
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

I want to thank you for this news.
I obtain my copy and got a lot of fun with this product, now.

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rr(R)

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Berlin, Germany,
14.04.2019, 22:28

@ rr
 

Getting PowerBASIC 3.5 for DOS

For German-speaking users this 1992 book "PowerBasic-Programmierhandbuch" (380 pages) by GŁnter Born plus examples might be interesting too: https://borncity.com/free-books-library/. It's also available for free.

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