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VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:18 pm
by Hialmar
We are organizing an Apple Festival this summer and a guy will come and present Virtual Basic.

It's a pre-processor that let's you code Basic in a modern way (without line numbers) and then converts it to standard AppleSoft Basic.

AppleSoft Basic being a Microsoft Basic like ours it could be ported to the Oric.

Here is the website about this:
http://virtualbasic.org/

I will try to port this ASAP.

I have noted in the code of bas2tap that such a thing was intended but never was completed (or was it ?).

Anyway I just wanted to share this ;)

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:49 am
by iss
Sometime ago I found Magic Gosub which allows to use GOTO and GOSUB with 'text labels' instead of line numbers. It can work together with Slammer! which uses REM to store data and machine code. These are for Apple ][ too.

Else VirtualBasic looks very interesting indeed and powerful. Thanks for the info! :)

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:21 pm
by christian
Something like Magic Gosub was published in Theoric #29 pages 40-43.
Here is a tap file with BASIC loader and test (Atmos version)

The test part:

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  30 CLS
  40 INPUT "Numero de menu ";N
  50 ON N GOSUB "MENU1","MENU2","MENU3"
  60 GOTO 40
 100 ' "MENU1"
 110 PRINT "Menu1":RETURN
 120 ' "MENU2"
 130 PRINT "Menu2":RETURN
 140 ' "MENU3"
 150 PRINT "Menu3":RETURN

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:41 pm
by christian
And here is a link to Theoric #29 french magazine

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:33 am
by Hialmar
Nice :) I will look at this.

Virtual Basic offers other interesting features like code blocks, automatic compression of code and the like.

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:28 pm
by maximus
With ORIC we have no choice it's BASIC or ASM, so for me it's BASIC of course :D

This virtual BASIC seems really easy to use, without numbers of line you change our life :mrgreen:

In the homepage it's only question of APPLE II

do you think it's possible to use BAS2TAP from this APLLE CODE ?

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:02 pm
by Dbug
maximus wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:28 pm
With ORIC we have no choice it's BASIC or ASM, so for me it's BASIC of course :D
And C, and Forth and LOGO, and probably a bunch of other languages ;)

maximus wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:28 pm
This virtual BASIC seems really easy to use, without numbers of line you change our life :mrgreen:
do you think it's possible to use BAS2TAP from this APLLE CODE ?
Implementing that in Bas2Tap is doable, or you could use Wascol's tool which generated basic with numbers from labels.

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:25 pm
by maximus
Wouch such hard languages for me :oops:

where is this Waskol's tool ?

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:41 pm
by Dbug
You can get the program here:
http://miniserve.defence-force.org/svn/ ... ls2Num.exe

And (because I forgot to remove it) here is an example program that uses a compatible syntax:
http://miniserve.defence-force.org/svn/ ... omberZ.bas

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:22 pm
by maximus
Labels2num.exe

après avoir conrt circuité les soucis de sécurité de windows, rien à faire il ne se lance pas, même en mode de compatibilité XP :?

il faut dosbox ?

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:29 pm
by Hialmar
After searching for something like this I stumbled on this thread that I created and completely forgot.

In fact this should be directly usable with our computer.

I have tested the examples and they work just fine.

I will test with more complex programs and will keep you posted (unless I forget this again).

Edit: there are some problems with unrecognized Basic functions. I'll try to modify this ASAP.

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:18 pm
by Dbug
If you look at the episode of Upgrade Time I published last Sunday, you'll see that I'm not far from releasing a new version of Bas2Tap that natively handles labels, without any memory or performance penalty compared to native line numbers :)

I even mention Maximus in it :D

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:59 pm
by Hialmar
Nice :)

With all this I may try to code in Basic again ;)

Re: VirtualBasic and Oric

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:27 pm
by maximus
Dbug wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:18 pm
I'm not far from releasing a new version of Bas2Tap that natively handles labels, without any memory or performance penalty compared to native line numbers :)
Hey that sound is good :D
Dbug wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:18 pm
I even mention Maximus in it :D
the last man on earth coding in BASIC ? :lol: