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 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc

This is late. So sue me :)
I was lucky enough to to get away for a week or so, got snowed in, and
spent another week warming up. My sympathies to anyone in the US midwest,
 -40f sounds like a nightmare. (It can't have been -40C, can it?)

Name: BASIC FAQ
Posting name: FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc
Summary: Frequently Asked Questions for comp.lang.basic.misc
Keywords: faq basic qbasic dos
Posting-Frequency: Approx. fortnightly
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Last-posted: 27th December 1995
Last-modified: Sun Jan 14 17:00 GMT 1995
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BASIC Frequently Asked Questions
================================

Subject: About this document.

====================
This file attempts to answer some of the more frequent questions that
appear in the USENET newsgroup comp.lang.basic.misc

It doesn't contain any platform specific code, short working programs
on various subjects have been collected into another file which will
be posted occasionally as 'The BASIC code FAQ'.

I haven't listed all the people who've contributed to this document,
If I had, the FAQ would be a lot longer! If you spot something you posted,
and aren't happy about it appearing here, let me know.

There is some duplication of entries under different headings, this is
because these are the questions people ask, and these are the answers :)

To find new or recent entries, search for '**' or '*' (excluding the quotes).

The ftp URL's for SimTel are NOT complete! You need to insert your local
mirror site after the double forward slashes ( // ).

So for the entry ftp://simtel/msdos/basic/unpbass11.zip    

You actually need ftp://OAK.Oakland.Edu/simtel/msdos/basic/unpbass11.zip
                        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
(or your local mirror)

From the comp.archives.msdos.announce FAQ,

         Australia:  archie.au (139.130.4.6)
                       /micros/pc/SimTel/msdos
                       /micros/pc/SimTel/win3
Lancaster, England:  micros.hensa.ac.uk (148.88.8.84)
                       /mirrors/simtel/msdos
                       /mirrors/simtel/win3
   London, England:  src.doc.ic.ac.uk (146.169.2.10)
                       /pub/packages/simtel
                       /pub/packages/simtel-win3
           Finland:  ftp.funet.fi (128.214.248.6)
                       /pub/mirrors/oak.oakland.edu/Simtel/msdos
                       /pub/mirrors/oak.oakland.edu/Simtel/win3
            France:  ftp.ibp.fr (132.227.60.2)
                       /pub/pc/SimTel/msdos
                       /pub/pc/SimTel/win3
Tuebingen, Germany:  ftp.uni-tuebingen.de (134.2.2.60)
                       /pub/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/simtel/win3
Paderborn, Germany:  ftp.uni-paderborn.de (131.234.2.32)
                       /SimTel/msdos
                       /SimTel/win3
         Hong Kong:  ftp.cs.cuhk.hk (137.189.4.57)
                       /pub/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/simtel/win3
            Israel:  ftp.technion.ac.il (132.68.1.10)
                       /pub/unsupported/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/unsupported/simtel/win3
       Netherlands:  ftp.nic.surfnet.nl (192.87.46.3)
                       /mirror-archive/software/simtel-msdos
                       /mirror-archive/software/simtel-win3
   Craycow, Poland:  ftp.cyf-kr.edu.pl (149.156.1.8)
                       /pub/mirror/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/mirror/simtel/win3
    Warsaw, Poland:  ftp.icm.edu.pl (148.81.209.3)
                       /pub/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/simtel/win3
                       /pub/simtel/nt
      South Africa:  ftp.sun.ac.za (146.232.212.21)
                       /pub/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/simtel/win3
          Slovenia:  ftp.arnes.si (193.2.1.72)
                       /software/SimTel/msdos
                       /software/SimTel/win3
                       /software/SimTel/nt
            Sweden:  ftp.sunet.se (130.238.127.3)
                       /pub/pc/mirror/SimTel/msdos
                       /pub/pc/mirror/SimTel/win3
       Switzerland:  ftp.switch.ch (130.59.1.40)
                       /mirror/simtel/msdos
                       /mirror/simtel/win3
            Taiwan:  NCTUCCCA.edu.tw (140.111.1.10)
                       /PC/simtel
                       /PC/windows/simtel
          Thailand:  ftp.nectec.or.th (192.150.251.33)
                       /pub/mirrors/SimTel/msdos
                       /pub/mirrors/SimTel/win3
            Turkey:  ftp.metu.edu.tr (144.122.1.102)
                       /pub/mirrors/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/mirrors/simtel/win3
St. Louis, MO, USA:  wuarchive.wustl.edu (128.252.135.4)
                       /systems/ibmpc/simtel/msdos
                       /systems/ibmpc/simtel/win3
   Norman, OK, USA:  ftp.uoknor.edu (129.15.10.20)
                       /mirrors/SimTel/msdos
                       /mirrors/SimTel/win3
Corvallis, OR, USA:  ftp.orst.edu (128.193.4.2)
                       /pub/mirrors/simtel/msdos
                       /pub/mirrors/simtel/win3

SimTel files may obtained by e-mail from various ftp-mail servers
or through the BITNET/EARN file servers.  For details send e-mail

message:  get simtel-mailserver.info

World Wide Web (WWW) users can access SimTel files via these URLs:

< http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;
< http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

Gopher users can access SimTel files via these URLs:

<ftp://oak.oakland.edu/SimTel/msdos/>
<ftp://oak.oakland.edu/SimTel/win3/>

Keith Patterson,
General Manager of SimTel, the Coast to Coast Software Repository (tm)


                  -------------end quote--------------

Comments enclosed by angled brackets < > indicate an incomplete entry
where more information is needed. Contributions gratefully received.

If you have any comments, additions or changes, please get in touch with

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Subject: CONTENTS

  1. What is the purpose of comp.lang.basic.misc?
  2. What sort of stuff should I post to this newsgroup?
  3. What sort of stuff should I NOT post to this newsgroup?
  4. How do I turn my program into a stand-alone EXE file?
  5. How do I turn my QBasic (Interpreter version) program into a
     stand-alone EXE file?
  6. How do I un-protect a GW-Basic program saved with the ',P' switch?
  7. How do I import a GW-Basic program into QuickBasic (or any other dialect)?
  8. What BASIC packages are available to run under DOS?
  9. What BASIC packages are available for the Macintosh series?
  10. What BASIC packages are available to run under Windows?
  11. What BASIC packages are available to run under OS2/Warp?
  12. What BASIC packages are available to run under UNIX/LINUX ?
  13. I've got an Amiga/Atari/Archimedes, what about me?
  14. Are there any freeware/shareware compilers available via the 'net?
  15. What BASIC resources (Libraries, example code, product support)
      are available via the 'net?
  16. What is 'The BASIC code FAQ'?
  17. What USENET newsgroups exist for BASIC programmers?
  18. How can I merge two or more QB libraries?
  19. How can I de-compile my program from an EXE to BAS format?
  xx. Who contributed to this document?

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Subject: 1. What is the purpose of comp.lang.basic.misc?  

1. ANSWER
~~~~~~~~~
This group exists for the exchange of help and information for various
BASIC implementations on various platforms. The only BASIC which is
off-topic for this group is Visual Basic for Windows, which has it's
own newsgroups:-

comp.lang.basic.visual
comp.lang.basic.visual.announce
comp.lang.basic.visual.database
comp.lang.basic.visual.misc
comp.lang.basic.visual.3rdparty

And a web site:- < http://www.*-*-*.com/ ;

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Subject: 2. What sort of stuff should I post to this newsgroup?

2. ANSWER
~~~~~~~~~
Almost anything about any BASIC dialect apart from Visual Basic for Windows.
When posting code, attempts should be made to keep it as general as possible.

If a system specific keyword (e.g. the BIT function in powerbasic) is used,
it should be explained in such a way that a competent(!) programmer can
implement it on another system.

Avoid POKE and PEEK, these functions are too system dependent to be
reliably ported to a different machine, let alone a different platform.

Don't post your whole program when you only have problems with one
subroutine.
*
Don't post your whole program just because you think it's good, and want
to share your genius with the world. If you think you have written some-
thing other people might find useful, say so in a post to the newsgroup,
and offer to send it by email to those who ask for it.

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Subject: 3. What sort of stuff should I NOT post to this newsgroup?

3. ANSWER
~~~~~~~~~
Anything about Visual Basic for Windows (Apart from 'Where are the
VB4W newsgroups?') :)

Your whole program when you only have problems with one subroutine.
*
Your whole program except as an answer to someones problem. If you think
something you've written is that good, say so in a post to the newsgroup,
and MAIL copies to those that ask for it.
*
NEVER post ...

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Mon, 27 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc

Quote:

>  -40f sounds like a nightmare. (It can't have been -40C, can it?)

Of course it can.  In fact, it must have been.  No way around it.  Can't
have one without the other.  :-)

---
Glen Blankenship



Tue, 28 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc


Quote:

> >  -40f sounds like a nightmare. (It can't have been -40C, can it?)

> Of course it can.  In fact, it must have been.  No way around it.  Can't
> have one without the other.  :-)

I rather walked into that one...
:)
--
Douggie
(For the puzzled, -40 is where the two scales meet)


Wed, 29 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc

 > > >  -40f sounds like a nightmare. (It can't have been -40C, can it?)

 > > Of course it can.  In fact, it must have been.  No way around it.

 > I rather walked into that one...

 Yes, you did, but I can't believe you just gave away the answer. 8-)

 Do it in code.

 CTOF%(C AS INTEGER)
   F% = C% * 1.8 + 32
   CTOF% = F%
 END FUNCTION

 That was actually a little joke we used to play on the teachers in
 middle school.

 Student: [Teacher] did you know its -40 in [Some place]?
 Teacher: Celcius or Farenheight?
 Student: Both.
 Teacher: You mean you havn't learned these yet?
 Student: No, I mean both.
 Teacher: [Goes to black board to teach us, only to find out its both.]



Wed, 29 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions in comp.lang.basic.misc


Quote:


>  > > >  -40f sounds like a nightmare. (It can't have been -40C, can it?)

>  > > Of course it can.  In fact, it must have been.  No way around it.

>  > I rather walked into that one...

>  Yes, you did, but I can't believe you just gave away the answer. 8-)

Information wants to be free ;)

Quote:
>  Do it in code.

>  CTOF%(C AS INTEGER)
>    F% = C% * 1.8 + 32
>    CTOF% = F%
>  END FUNCTION

I did, to check I wasn't being too stupid. I couldn't remember 1.8, and
used 5/9 (or was it 9/5 :)

Quote:
>  That was actually a little joke we used to play on the teachers in
>  middle school.

[snip]
<grin>
--
Douggie


Thu, 30 Jul 1998 03:00:00 GMT  
 
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