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    Is anyone using a simple free console based BASIC interpreter and/or compiler under 11.2 64 bit? No, not Gambas or graphic IDE's. I can't find one that compiles for me. Most of them are quite old source.

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    In the "Education" repository (community repository) you can find bwbasic
    and gambas ready to install

    the question is if you want to use this repository

    can you tell me more details what you want to do with the basic you are
    searching for? it makes it easier to tell you what options are available for
    you


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    There's a very well supported version called FreeBasic.
    Home page: FreeBASIC compiler (a free BASIC compiler) - official page - News [en]
    Forums: freebasic.net :: Index

    HowTo get it up and running in openSUSE: HowTo Install the FreeBASIC Compiler into Suse / openSUSE 32 and 64 bit
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    @swerdna: I read your howto, very intersting. I shows me that there is no
    time where I do not learn something new (I always thought freebasic is
    something windows specific)

    @ionmich: the only reason I mentioned gambas (though you said "no, not
    gambas") was because in principle you also can use it without the ide. But
    looking at swerdna's post his choice is clearly better.

    I was very surprised by the original question in this thread about basic
    (that's the reason I suddenly felt the need to check what basic
    compiler/interpreter exists nowadays in linux). Some nostalgic feeling (it
    is almost 20 years ago I wrote the last time a ms dos program with basic,
    later in rare cases a had to read some programs written in visual basic,
    last year for the last time if I remeber correctly).

    So if you want to answer a question from my side (and I am really interested
    in the answer)
    What are your reasons to specifically use basic and especially as console
    application?


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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    can you tell me more details what you want to do with the basic you are
    searching for? it makes it easier to tell you what options are available for
    you
    Running some very specific utilities written under OmniBasic, a language no longer available. I looked into Gambas but it is overly graphical and complicated for my purposes. As for bwbasic, I could not compile it. I believe I am missing some 32 bit libraries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    There's a very well supported version called FreeBasic.
    Home page: FreeBASIC compiler (a free BASIC compiler) - official page - News [en]
    Forums: freebasic.net :: Index

    HowTo get it up and running in openSUSE: HowTo Install the FreeBASIC Compiler into Suse / openSUSE 32 and 64 bit
    What a simple solution! With excellent documentation! I could have saved myself many hours of frustration by posting for help here first. Many thanks for the time you took to provide help to others like me.

    Got to run. I am being called by the Source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    I was very surprised by the original question in this thread about basic
    (that's the reason I suddenly felt the need to check what basic
    compiler/interpreter exists nowadays in linux). Some nostalgic feeling (it
    is almost 20 years ago I wrote the last time a ms dos program with basic,
    later in rare cases a had to read some programs written in visual basic,
    last year for the last time if I remeber correctly).

    So if you want to answer a question from my side (and I am really interested
    in the answer)
    What are your reasons to specifically use basic and especially as console
    application?
    Yes, swerdna's is the simpler solution.

    The most compelling reason to use Basic is that I am familiar with it, and when I read my own source code I can follow the logic. Early Basics that I learned were interpreted and generally slow. Fast processors and compilation changed that. The utilities I wrote under OmniBasic handle a variety of daily tasks such as appointments, finances, and backups. They are easy to convert using a word processor's "replace" function. As for using the console, word and number output is just as readable in a console as in a graphical presentation, and a lot simpler to write.

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    ionmich wrote:
    > The most compelling reason to use Basic is that I am familiar with it,
    > [...]


    Thanks for the answer, I expected something like this and I think your
    points are really valid and often underestimated. I am sometimes in a
    similar situation when it comes to fortran. I started programming in fortran
    77 when I was a student (switched later to fortran 90 which is as different
    to 77 as the modern basic dialects are different from the oldest ones) and
    still feel familiar when I see the old source code (it is so straight
    forward).
    Since 1995 all the work in my job is with c++ and java (java the main
    language since 2004) and some scripting languages, but just out of personal
    interest I started programming in fortran 95 three years ago (in my case as
    a hobby).

    Wish you much fun and success, enjoy your favorite language.



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    FFI: Special files for installing the 32 bit compiler in 64 bit openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 have today been updated on my website at location: FreeBASIC Compiler for openSUSE 32 and 64 bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    FFI: Special files for installing the 32 bit compiler in 64 bit openSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 have today been updated on my website at location: FreeBASIC Compiler for openSUSE 32 and 64 bit
    The last two days I have been trying to download the FreeBasic reference in compressed html help file format (.chm) as linked in your page. It errors out. I think the link server is down. I followed several links from Google, only to end up at the same site. Is there some other way to get this file, or the text version?

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