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markem

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Hi All!
« on: February 17, 2017, 05:33:43 PM »

I used to be VERY active on this board years ago and then tragedy struck. I was put in the hospital, then out, no job, then back in, then out, no job, got job, in again, almost lost my left leg, out again, no job, contract, contract, no job, filed for Social Security Disability, denied, got job, lost job, filed for SSD again, denied, filed again, denied, going to court over it. Wife moved away last year, getting a divorce, and actually loving living by myself now. Got a dog. He keeps me busy. I'm now 61. Lots of health problems, trying to exercise every day, no vehicle anymore (sold it to make ends meet).

So why did Icome back? I just happened to come across IBasic on my system and I went "You know - I don't think I've been back since about 2005 when I was doing the manual on IBasic." So then I looked up the IBasic manual I was working on back then and I still haven't completed it. My problem back then was that the outline format I was using had gone so far over to the right that you only had four or five words per line. I was basically stuck trying to figure out what I could do to fix the problem. So I think I'm going to take another whack at it. I'm not promising much - but I have a lot of time on my hands right now. All I'm diong is selling Mage:the Gathering cards I bought twenty years ago to make enough money to pay the bills each month. Working on refinancing the house so I can stay in it. And waiting for Social Security to tell me when my court date is so me and my lawyer can go and get me on SSD. If we can get me on SSD then everything will be ok and I can relax. Won't have to sell my MtG cards anymore, and I can do my own thing. Which right now is to relax, recoup my health, and do something like finish the book I started. I may even put it on LuLu.com so people can buy it if they want to do so. (Or just download the PDF or MS-Word file.)

Anyway, I know IBasic is a dead language (in that it isn't sold anymore). But I have always had in the back of my mind that I need to complete the book. There have been several things that I started but did not get to complete simply because I either went into the hospital or was recovering from having been n the hospital. Yeah - been in and out that many times. For gangrene once, for an unknown bacteria that was eating the flesh off of my left foot (not ebola thank goodness) , and other such things.

And as for the divorce - ever since my wife left I actually have been feeling a lot better. I have even managed to reduce my monthly debts from almost $2,400.00 a month down to around $800.00 a month. Most of that is the house payment ($608.00 a month). I have reduce my insurance payments from around $850.00 a month to only $50.00 a month. And the electric, water, gas, and phone bills have gone from almost $1,200.00 a month to only around $300.00. Believe me - I was really shocked at the difference. Most of the expenditures was from taking care of dogs and cats we didn't own (rescues). We were washing towels and blankets almost every day or buying new ones. I was not happy because my wife kept volunteering us to take on more of these creatures and I was the one paying for it all. So as I said - a lot happier now that my bills are almost nothing. I only buy dog and cat food once every month or two now (instead of every two weeks). So a lot happier in that too.

Anyway - I should be coming around more often now and maybe I can get a new version of the book uploaded as well.

Later everyone! :-)
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Re: Hi All!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 02:20:29 PM »

Wow markem, you really got it hard. And I am happy for ya, that you got things improving for you lately. Funny, the other day I ran IBPro again on my Windows PC. Worked like a charm. Even my editor IndeED. To bad the community is dead. It was a fine language and very powerful too.


I have written a book too in 2010/2011. And I am very happy that I did. It is a great achievement in my life which I will cherish all the time.
So my suggestion is ... do it.
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Re: Hi All!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 09:06:06 PM »

I am now on the other board at IonicWind. I am going to let the IBasic book die a quiet death. They already have a manual for IBasic.

If you want to see a book I finished - go to lulu.com and look for Mark vs Mr. Hacker. I tell you about a few of the back doors all versions of Windows has. Presently I am fighting a flare-up of the Phlebitis. It does that every few years. The only "cure" such as it is is to simply get a lot of rest, prop my leg up, put the heating pad on it, and take extra Warfarin. It hurts a lot. Like someone is taking a knife and stabbing me in my foot. :-/

I can't decide on which language to use to write some programs I am working on. Presently I'm using PHP because it is so flexible but PHP isn't compilable. I'm thinking of using Flex. Flex you can compile once and run it on any browser. Compile it twice and it will run as a standalone program. I'd like to use CBasic or IBasic but neither of them compile to something I can use in a browser or that would run on multiple platforms. If CBasic would compile to flex there is a free compiler called Flash Develop. Supposed to do everything that Flex Builder does. But Flex Builder will combine graphics, animations, forms, and an extended version of Javascript. With Actionscript you can also draw directly to the screen.  So you can make your little animation functions and then just call them. Also, Flex compiles. :-/

So I am torn between the ease of Basic and all of the things Flex/Actionscript can do. :-/

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 04:20:18 PM »

Yes, developing cross platform is something I need too. Me PC is not working atm so I am back on my IMac. Right now I am teaching myself some Python, just for fun.


My book is "Monkey Game Development Beginners Guide" published by PacktPub.
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Re: Hi All!
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2017, 04:49:43 PM »

Ha! Great title! :-)

I have found four platforms you can use to do multiplatform programming. These are:

1. Qt - Only you have to give the source of your program away or pay the outrageous fee for the commercial version.
2. Flex Builder - $799 (yet another outrageous fee) but it works in any browser and the Flex Air package (free) makes stand alone programs. These are all in ActionScript (suped up Javascript).
3. Unity (from Steam). It is free if you make less than $200K per year. Unfortunately, you write everything in C# and it then converts that to the other platforms. Does browser based things and standalone also.
4. Torque - C++ based. Does a lot of platforms.

QB64 is working on breaking out of the windows only mode.
FreeBasic is also working on breaking out of the windows only mode.

The problem with most basics is they go directly from basic to assemby or object format and then to executeable. The GCC compiler will compile C/C++ to a huge number of platforms. All you do is use the right options and BAM! You have an executeable for that platform.

The second problem with most basics is they don't use an intermediary set of C/C++ classes to do the work they do. In other words - No one uses wxWidgets. With wxWidgets you just need the set of classes for the platform you want to compile towards. If any/all of the basics out there did this then they would be able to just include the right class and use GCC/MingW to compile for that platform. So basically you could create updates for every platform out there by having a single computer do all of the recompiles. It would be one heck of a Make file and would probably take a few days to do all of the compiles but using wxWidgets and GCC together could be a bombshell for basic programmers everywhere.

Then, if the program that handles reading a Basic file were written using Flex (instead of hand coding them) you would make advancements a lot faster by just changing the Flex code.

I have a QB64 flex program on GitHub. It is free and open source and could be used as the basis of a basic compiler. :-)
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Re: Hi All!
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2017, 02:11:23 PM »

Hey you two!  Shhhh... some of us are trying to sleep here...  ;-)
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Re: Hi All!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 05:22:14 PM »

Heh. The old skeletons are creaking their bones..... Wahahahahaha!!!!
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