TRUE BASIC DOS

Hi,

I am not sure where True Basic support is headed. However, I think that the True Basic for DOS should continue to be supported in addition to the windows version. The reason is that with newer fast processers the DosBox and other DOS emulators work very well with older True Basic programs making DOS programs the most portable of all to different devices.

I have a field data entry program written in the DOS version of True Basic with a dos emulator that runs very well on a Trimble Juno, an Allegro, and an Allegro 2 all with WinCE/Window Mobile operating systems. With DOS text I essentially can only control 2 text sizes - mode 40 (EGA and larger text) and mode 80 but that works. I designed the program for a 25x25 text screen.

I also have the program running very nicely on a 7" Android Tablet running FreeDos (a very good DoxBox emulator). It works extremely well on the Android device - much better than on the windows mobile devices. I can run the same DOS program on my windows 10 mobile phone using a DosBox emulator. It also works well. However, due to windows security I cannot retrieve the output files (the author said I could if I side-loaded DosBox but that would not go over well with some).

The other version I have is with the True Basic 6 Silver edition running on Windows 10. It uses most of the DOS version code but upgraded with some nice form requestors and code lookup popups. It runs very well on a 7 inch HP Stream Tablet (as well as a desktop PC). The two version of the program (DOS and Windows) were developed for field inventory of vegetation.

My point is that a major strength of True Basic (it has many) is how transportable it is between different devices. I even have an Amiga version of True Basic and at one time had a free Linux trial version. I keep looking for software that is write once and compile for many different operating systems but there do not seem to be any.

Dan

Comments

I think the fact that 5 days

I think the fact that 5 days after posting this question and no response from anybody even remotely connected with True Basic should be a good indication of the direction True Basic is going, or gone in.
There was a feature request thread posted a long time ago but never updated. Real pity. I for one still use it as a hobbyist and will continue to do so.

Development/support

Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, active development/re-development of TB has been stymied for now by a combination of age & complexity of the original code base, lack of detailed documentation, and development budget. John Arscott and I have worked together to keep TB viable as much as possible through the last 10 years and maintain compatibility with new operating systems, but there is only so much we can do without the ability to update the language engine itself. If any of the obstacles to source development can be removed, be assured we will pursue it in earnest. Until then, we will do what we can to keep TB available and functioning as a legacy tool as long as possible.

I for one appreciate your

I for one appreciate your efforts.

Lets be honest, since tablets and smartphones came on the scene I think there are a few languages that are lagging behind. Not just True Basic. Seems to be the market now for small programmers to make money in.

Thanks for your efforts and I hope it all comes together in some way.