Compiler for GWBASIC v.2 
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 Compiler for GWBASIC v.2


>I was asked to locate a compiler that can handle code written for

Most of the popular DOS Basic's can, provided you save your GW-BASIC source

You can load this code into QBasic/QuickBasic/powerbasic/FirstBasic, and it
should run without modification in most cases.

- QBasic is part of the DOS 5.0 and higher packages. It's also included on
the Win95 CD-ROM, and can be downloaded from the Microsoft webpage as part
of the 'OLDDOS' package. No compiler, just an interpreter. Check your DOS
directory, or http://

- QuickBasic 4.5 is a commercial Basic compiler, (C) 1989, and one of the
successors of GW-BASIC. No longer supported, but original shrink-wrapped
copies are still sold by several online stores. http://www.*-*-*.com/
for example.

- FirstBasic is a shareware program by PowerBasic inc, and you can download
a fully functional evaluation copy at http://www.*-*-*.com/

- PowerBasic is the big brother of FirstBasic. It is still being actively
developed, and includes many features the previously mention basics don't.
Commercial software. http://www.*-*-*.com/

There are some other alternatives, like Visual Basic 1.0 for DOS, or
PDS/QBX 7.1 by Microsoft. These are no longer supported either, and are
generally WAY more expensive then any of the product mentioned above.
Marc van den Dikkenberg
The PowerBasic Archives
http://www.*-*-*.com/ ~excel/pb.html

Mon, 27 Nov 2000 03:00:00 GMT  
 Compiler for GWBASIC v.2

|> I was asked to locate a compiler that can handle code written for
|> GWBASIC v.2.
|> The original IBM compiler V.1 is still working and doing yeoman service.
|> But... The compiled code failed when the machine was upgraded to Windows
|> 95. The NAME command no longer functions properly. It does work when
|> the machine is booted into DOS mode, or when running GWBASIC in Windows
|> mode.

It is interesting that the NAME function is failing, since long filenames
were introduced into Win95. That is probably at the root of it.

You could try FirstBasic and see if it does you any good. I have heard it
handles GWBASIC code very well.

FB can be downloaded from

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Mon, 27 Nov 2000 03:00:00 GMT  
 Compiler for GWBASIC v.2

Try the Asic Compiler at the Simtel site. It comes with a GW basic
converter. Great product.


> >I was asked to locate a compiler that can handle code written for
> >GWBASIC v.2.

Tue, 05 Dec 2000 03:00:00 GMT  
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