All this vb6 talk makes me want to mention.
It's still supported, still being upgraded, and works with every single release
of windows from 95 up to 7.
Also, it requires no external dlls for the basic runtimes. I.E. if you write a
program in powerbasic that doesn't use external dlls, then you won't need to
include any in your final exe file.
And, as a point of interest, powerbasic had to add a bloat metadirective, just
so people would actually believe the programs it produced were written for
windows, because they were so small.
Here's an example.
I need a program to delete email from a pop3 account I only used for
I searched and found one written in visual basic.
It was 95K, plus a 1.1MB dll required to execute this simple delete email
I decided I didn't want that, so wrote my own in powerbasic.
Total exe size when complete was only 24K.
Anyone who is serious about modern programming, but wants the simplicity of
basic really needs to give powerbasic a look, it can't be beat for it's
If you buy the console compiler, it's $169, and you have access to all windows
functions as long as they're anywhere in the windows dlls, as powerbasic
doesn't require you to register com objects before you can use them in your
Admittedly, the dlls you need to use need to be aliased and such, but that's
only confusing until you figure out how it works, after that, you can use their
pbrowser program to find out what the dll calls are in any .dll file, .ocx
file, or any com object.
If that's not enough, you can access their help system, for discussions about
their products, where there's thousands of samples, and folks always willing to
assist if you get stuck with anything.
I'm telling you folks, it can't be beat for ease of use and completeness, and
since it's still being upgraded, supported, and sold, you won't be left out in
the cold when ms decides to go to the next new thing.
It's pretty amazing that with powerbasic, you can compile a program and have it
run on every single release of windows from win95 all the way through windows
7, and with a single small executable file.
If so desired, you can restrict it to particular versions of windows if you
prefer, but personally, I say why bother.
Anyway, I don't work for the company, I'm only a happy user of their products,
and have been for nearly 10 years, and the programs I wrote with pb 2.0 still
compile and run on pb 5.0 10 years later, that should tell you something about
their commitment to usability and compatibility.
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