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BASICly is a play on words, bringing together my appreciation of Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code and, well, playing with words. Yup… Anyway, I have combined all of my posts about using any version of BASIC into the BASICly category of this WordPress blog. Here you will find a listing of those posts.
I first learned BASIC on a Commodore 64 at school in 1988/89. Later I used Microsoft QBasic 1.1 on a DOS PC, also at school. I’ve also played with other versions, most notably MMBASIC for PC and FreeBASIC. I now focus on using QBasic 1.1 in DOSBox, as I enjoy its combination of simplicity and modern utility; The language and capabilities are advanced, yet modest, and the IDE has copy/cut/paste!
On the hardware front, I sold my Commodore 64c in 2019, because I wasn’t using it as much as I would like and wanted to keep that portion of my desk clear for other projects, such as painting and having a flat surface to put things down. That said, I did buy a C64 Mini in 2020 and I do still putter with various Commodore machines using the VICE emulator. Generally, I do my BASIC programming on a Lenovo Ideapad 100e laptop, both directly and attached to my desktop monitor/keyboard/mouse. As much as I love the look and feel of old hardware, I prefer the convenience and all inclusive nature of a laptop. I do have a “vintage” Compaq Deskpro 4000 which has a Pentium 233MMX CPU that runs Windows 98 SE and QBasic and it’s fun to use sometimes, but I prefer using DOSBox in Devuan Linux on the laptop.
- The Many Ways to Run QBasic in 2020 (7/2/2020) - It has been a few months now since I started playing with Microsoft QBasic again. A surprising amount of that time was spent determining the best way to actually use it in these modern times. There are so many ways it can be used! Over the past few years I have become more aware of […]
- Microsoft QBasic 1.1 Online Reference Material (5/27/2020) - I enjoy Microsoft QBasic Version 1.1 for its inherent limitations and its delightful end user experience. It’s a system that achieves its goals in a comprehensive, compact, and efficient manner. It also runs well using DOSBox on my laptop, which is much more convenient for me than keeping my Pentium 233MMX based, DOS 6.22 system […]
- BASICly Moving a Character with WASD (6/11/2018) - Today let’s have a look a program that moves a character around the screen using the W,A,S,D keyboard keys. The character moves around the screen and stays within the borders, as you would expect in a top-down style game. Fortunately the program was short enough to fit into a single screen, because I still don’t […]