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    Re: Programming in Basic.
    From: Craig Z
    Date: 2006 Nov 29, 12:59 +1100

    fyi, Microsoft now makes their compilers available for "free". Visual
    Basic might be ok for what you want. See here:
    That said, I'd recommend using something like perl or python.
    ps. IDE = integrated development environment
    On 11/28/06, George Huxtable  wrote:
    >  "FJones" 
    > asked on November 26, 2006 6:23 PM
    > in an unrelated thread [NavList 1752] Re: Latitudes by lunar distance.
    > was: Lunars with and without altitudes
    > | How did you manage with the computer 'basic' matter raised
    > | sometime in the dim past?
    > This was addressed to me, and relates to a request I had made, for a
    > way to get access to some near-relation of "QuickBasic", on my PC
    > using an XP opsystem. I had become used to QuickBasic, and one's
    > freedom to use "naughty", non-correct tricks, such as uninhibited
    > Gotos, frowned on elsewhere. This was a year or so ago, on the Nav-L
    > list.
    > Nav-L members were very kind, and led me to two alternative solutions
    > to the request.
    > One was BC7, intended for use with DOS systems, which came with some
    > Awful Warnings about the damage that might ensue if it was used
    > elsewhere. I didn't find out if those warnings were justified;
    > probably not, though.
    > The other was FBIde, an IDE for FreeBasic. (Dan Allen once explained
    > to me what IDE is short for, but I have forgotten again since.) This I
    > have implemented, and used, but not intensively or deeply. It has
    > worked well, for me, in my simple applications, but no doubt has great
    > depths, undiscovered by me.
    > Complaints? Yes. I am speaking of a mid 2005 version, and things may
    > be better now. The only manual I could find was in an online version,
    > which could be printed out, but was a real pain to use in that form.
    > That's because all cross-referencing was done by links that of course
    > don't work, and aren't shown, on the downloaded printout. I like to
    > have a printed manual, in user-friendly form, available, and I hate
    > "on-line help", for which I can never discover how my question should
    > be formulated. With QuickBasic, there was a superb manual which I
    > still have and have found useful with FreeBasic, though there are
    > differences. An example of a difficulty with the documentation of
    > FreeBasic is the explanation of the Function ATAN2, which completely
    > misses the point of what it's for. I would be prepared to pay real
    > cash for a decent printed manual for FreeBasic, if one exists now.
    > George.
    > contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
    > >
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