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Portable BASIC or Transcript

Does anyone know of a portable BASIC or Transcript. I'm starting programming, but my dad won't let me load a compiler onto the PC. I know of Portable Python, but I'm not ready to switch to a new language. I searched Google, Wikipedia, here, Yahoo, and practically everywhere.
P.S. I have a project due on the 31st.

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Are there any requirements

Are there any requirements for your package? GUI? graphics? media? API calls?

I've seen a couple of free packages, but they may have some limitations (e.g. only work in CMD window).

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Well, I suppose I want

Well, I suppose I want something I can build a UI in (rather than make it myself with the code), and one that is modern enough to use the const function.

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basic as in ASP?

basic as in ASP?

Please search before posting. ~Thanks

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nope

Active Server Pages can be written in VBScript, Javascript, and Perl so that would be a "no".

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DecimalBASIC

It's not in PAF Format, but it should do fine.

DecimalBASIC:

http://pendriveapps.com/2007/08/21/decimal-basic-portable-basic-programm...

Never bothered to check it out myself, so let me know what you think.

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Oh, I forgot to mention: the

Oh, I forgot to mention: the Windows Script Host is installed on many machines by default. That means that you could use VBscript portably with a fair chance of finding a way to execute it. But that might not work depending on your project requirements.

MC

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HTA - Hyper Text Application

Here's another option for a GUI - using VBScript and a some simple code, you can run a web page as if it were an application. The nice thing here is there's no compiling, AND you'll be learning Visual Basic which is going to be more transferable in the "real world" (Whatever that is).

Here's a few links to get you going:

Scripting in general: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx

Info on HTAs: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/htas.mspx

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Whoops...

I meant a compiler. Guess that the enviroment just pops up in everybody's heads. (It was in mine, too, but then I noticed that it doesn't compiler.)

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So you need a BASIC

So you need a BASIC compiler? I can't tell from what you typed.

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Neither can I

I just realized it.

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well...

the last time i saw B.A.S.I.C. was on my Commodore 64! i didnt think anyone really used it, it is really a pain in the a$$. otherwise a C64 emulater should do it if you are just playing around with it.

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Hey...

I'm starting programming, you expect me to start at C++? Most people quit as programmers because they started at C++...

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then u may be better off

then u may be better off starting with a language that spoils you and makes things easy, then go back to the harder languages after u understand the basic concepts. I started in VisualBasic6, and its about the easiest programming language i've seen to use. from there i moved to JAVA, then to C++

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Hey!

That's exactly the order of languages I wanted to learn (except without the visual part)

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The following sites

The following sites list free or low-cost Basic IDE/compilers.

http://www.thefreecountry.com/compilers/basic.shtml

and

http://www.freebyte.com/programming/basic/#freebasicides

There are probably others. I haven't looked at any of them, since I'm still not clear what you want. Some of them include an IDE (which you seem to want, since you talk about building a GUI) and most include at least a compiler.

Do any of them do what you want? If so, let us know, and we'll see about making it portable. (We might make a non-opensource basic portable, though we won't be able to do much with it on PA.) If those are some that you've looked at and rejected, perhaps you could say why you rejected them?

Does your father say why he doesn't want a compiler on his machine? Depending on his reasons, using a portable version might yield the same objections as using one copied to the hard disk. (E.G., is he worried about space? interfering with other programs? or ...)

MC

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I don't know if this fits your needs,

but a nice easy-to-learn PL is Processing (mainly for Gfx, but with some libraries for other purposes).

It runs easily from a stick (don't know if it does something with the registry, though...) and programs can exported to Java.

There's even a version that exports J2ME (for mobile phones etc.)

http://www.processing.org/

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