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Code and examples / Re: JB Rubic's Cube with Solver
« on: 08. June 2018, 07:07:54 »
I have found that it's best not to discuss politics, religion or spousal relationships on a programming forum. It divides folks that once had a common interest.

Indeed, although we do have the offtopic board for some of that  :)

Code and examples / Re: JB Rubic's Cube with Solver
« on: 07. June 2018, 23:44:18 »
But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these!

2 Timothy 3

I percieve the world is becoming more and more like this...maybe just my perception.

If only we followed or try to follow what Jesus taught, even if you are not religious, then the world would be a better place.

Anyway, back on topic...

Offtopic / Classic Rick Dickinson
« on: 27. May 2018, 09:30:24 »
Cars, especially classic cars, are another one of my hobbies and interests.

I bought a copy of Practical Classics car magazine and it contained a very interesting article about Rick Dickinson, the designer of the ZX81, ZX Spectrum, QL and the latest Spectrum Next.

Rick had restored his old BMW 3.0 CSL, which had been off the road since 1987. Sadly, Rick passed away just before the article went to press.

If you love old cars, are a fan of Rick's work and live in the UK then it's worth you buying a copy of the mag to have read.

Otherwise, a little bit about the article and some other interesting stuff can be found here

General questions and discussions / Re: SpecBAS - where next?
« on: 23. May 2018, 07:51:54 »
Excellent  :) thanks D

Something to explore over the Bank Holiday weekend

Best wishes


General questions and discussions / Re: SpecBAS - where next?
« on: 20. May 2018, 12:38:40 »
Hi D

I realize you must be really busy with your music programming job  - where are you with Spebas development and where can I get the latest version?  :)



Community news and announcements / Future of True BASIC
« on: 14. May 2018, 23:48:51 »
Looks like True BASIC, founded by Kemeny and Kurtz, is suffering from similar problems allegedly affecting PowerBASIC (Kurtz has not passed away but he is 90 years of age and I expect he does not have much involvement with True BASIC these days).

That is, development of True BASIC version 7 has been affected by the age, complexity and lack of documentation of the source code from version 5 (looks like the DOS version, which is still available, is better documented).

Development of version 7 looked on track until about 2014 when things seemed to go south; not sure why there was a lot of confidence in developing v7 up until then?

They have managed to date to keep it going, so let's hope that they can continue to do so; it would be a shame to see the demise of yet another BASIC, especially one with such a pedigree.

At least a new book on programming True BASIC has been released, which gives one hope that there is a future.

How easy or difficult is it for a software house to employ someone competent enough to be able to pick up development of legacy software such as this?

Anyway, I plan to purchase a copy of True BASIC to show my support.

General questions and discussions / Re: ZX Spectrum Next
« on: 26. April 2018, 21:32:28 »
Apparently designed by Rick Dickinson who designed the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Sinclair QL, the Cambridge Z88 and more recently Vega Plus.

More about him here...

Some interesting ZX Spectrum concept designs by Rick to be found here...


Community news and announcements / Re: Cross-platform BBC BASIC
« on: 18. April 2018, 22:59:44 »
For the record, the current versions (at the time of writing) are as follows:

 BBC BASIC for Windows: v6.11a (released 16th July 2017)

Free editions:

 BBC BASIC for SDL 2.0: v0.20a (released 3rd February 2018)
 Android edition updated to 0.20f (10th March 2018)
 iOS edition updated to 0.20i (31st March 2018)

The iOS edition is the latest release.

More info. can be found here:

Community news and announcements / Re: Conforums closing down
« on: 04. April 2018, 03:17:24 »

Community news and announcements / Re: Conforums closing down
« on: 04. April 2018, 02:07:26 »

Community news and announcements / Re: Conforums closing down
« on: 02. April 2018, 06:15:05 »
Richard has some concerns about pro boards, although he has registered both BBC BASIC and LB Booster there; but he may not activate them.

He is considering hosting them himself on his own server instead.

In the meantime, he has moved the BB4W Wiki since Wikispaces is closing down too.

Community news and announcements / Conforums closing down
« on: 30. March 2018, 08:39:07 »
Looks like conforms are closing down.

There are two conforums for BBC BASIC, so they will go.

You can see the discussion at the BB4W conforum whilst it still exists

Edit - just remembered that Liberty BASIC, Just BASIC and LB Booster also use conforums, so they will disappear too.

Community news and announcements / Re: Discorunner Successor: PERCOL-8
« on: 11. November 2017, 21:47:49 »
This looks like the latest incarnation...

Interesting post here from Richard Russell.

He has converted David Williams' game to run in BBCSDL (Richard's cross-platform version of BBC BASIC)

The latest (free) version of BBCSDL can be downloaded from here:

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