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Posted: 27 Jun 2010   Updated: 27 Jun 2010   Views: 16,811   Rating: 4.60/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.22
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An advanced article about string processing
API
Posted: 18 Oct 2014   Updated: 19 Feb 2018   Views: 12,592   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 3.89
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IOT and Windows – What is Needed, A Lesson from the Past
Desktop Programming
Win32
Posted: 23 Aug 2018   Updated: 23 Aug 2018   Views: 7,750   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 18   Popularity: 6.02
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Why some prefer the BASIC language over others
Internet of Things
Raspberry-Pi
Posted: 12 Sep 2018   Updated: 12 Sep 2018   Views: 6,323   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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A short introduction to using the Powerbasic 6.0 console compiler with the Ontime RTOS-32 embedded operating system
Multimedia
OpenGL
Posted: 12 Aug 2013   Updated: 15 Aug 2013   Views: 19,043   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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OpenGL based 3D learning software
Posted: 21 Aug 2013   Updated: 26 Nov 2013   Views: 19,973   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.41
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3D Sandbox with programable logic built in
Programming Languages
Powerbasic
Posted: 4 Sep 2013   Updated: 4 Sep 2013   Views: 7,602   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Draw pictures using much simpler means, including the good old fashioned Stamping technique.
Posted: 21 Aug 2013   Updated: 13 Sep 2013   Views: 13,404   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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Desktop App Builder for non-programmers for Education
Visual Basic
Posted: 27 Jun 2010   Updated: 27 Jun 2010   Views: 18,183   Rating: 4.75/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.32
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The basics of Subclassing
Visual Basic 6
Posted: 2 Jul 2010   Updated: 2 Jul 2010   Views: 23,954   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.41
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Writing custom control classes the old fashioned way (no .NET or COM classes) is a lost art, but it is not too difficult to learn.
Posted: 26 Jun 2010   Updated: 26 Jun 2010   Views: 35,331   Rating: 4.70/5    Votes: 12   Popularity: 5.07
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The basic concepts of drawing in Windows.

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Posted: 13 Dec 2013   Updated: 13 Dec 2013   Views: 7,150   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Some of my observations about coding today and what it takes to be able to produce valuable software.
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Posted: 2 Aug 2014   Updated: 2 Aug 2014   Views: 7,770   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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I just have to say that I am getting very excited about some of the things both Intel and Microsoft are working on.
Posted: 10 Jan 2015   Updated: 10 Jan 2015   Views: 7,270   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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The rise of the tiny Windows device
Posted: 3 Jan 2017   Updated: 3 Jan 2017   Views: 7,760   Rating: 3.50/5    Votes: 10   Popularity: 3.50
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IOT (Internet of Things), maker devices (ie. Raspberry PI like devices) and mobile PC devices (ie. phablet) all require software which can perform on minimal hardware. So how does one get such performance ? How can the hobby (“maker”) developers be helped to produce better software ? How
Posted: 23 Mar 2016   Updated: 23 Mar 2016   Views: 12,451   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 3.01
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This series of articles is about getting started in using the PowerBasic Windows native code compiler.
Posted: 10 May 2016   Updated: 10 May 2016   Views: 28,571   Rating: 4.75/5    Votes: 28   Popularity: 6.80
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The myth about BASIC
Posted: 12 Feb 2014   Updated: 12 Feb 2014   Views: 14,750   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 12   Popularity: 5.40
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With mobile computing taking hold, programmers are looking for ways to produce smaller and faster applications.
Posted: 9 Dec 2016   Updated: 9 Dec 2016   Views: 6,660   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Exciting !    Amazing !    Wonderful ! OK, maybe that is a bit much, but it is exciting to see Microsofts move to support x86 emulation on ARM based Windows 10 mobile devices. From what I have read so far, the x86 emulation will only support 32 bit WIN32 (x86) applications, but that is fine by me.
Posted: 6 Apr 2018   Updated: 6 Apr 2018   Views: 4,610   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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A better Windows experience for Maker Devices and IOT
Posted: 19 Dec 2013   Updated: 19 Dec 2013   Views: 12,603   Rating: 4.83/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.31
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How to teach students to code inexpensively
Posted: 24 Mar 2014   Updated: 25 Mar 2014   Views: 8,380   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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What is code minimalism
Posted: 8 Oct 2014   Updated: 8 Oct 2014   Views: 13,130   Rating: 4.58/5    Votes: 17   Popularity: 5.51
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Having been programming since the 1980′s, I often wonder what has happened to programming. When learning something new from a technology book I would often gauge the books quality on how simply the topic was explained and how quickly I could grasp the subject.
Posted: 29 Mar 2016   Updated: 29 Mar 2016   Views: 10,300   Rating: 4.88/5    Votes: 16   Popularity: 5.59
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A generation of non-coders
Posted: 15 Sep 2016   Updated: 15 Sep 2016   Views: 9,280   Rating: 4.97/5    Votes: 15   Popularity: 5.69
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“We need more coders”,  “Everybody needs to learn to code”, “Coding should be a basic requirement in education”, …. Have you heard or read comments similar to these ? What does this have to do with classic Visual Basic ? BASIC and the hobby programmer Why wo
Posted: 14 Apr 2014   Updated: 14 Apr 2014   Views: 13,671   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.49
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This post discusses how BASIC is still misunderstood even after 50 years
Posted: 15 May 2014   Updated: 15 May 2014   Views: 5,980   Rating: 4.20/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.26
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With all the interest in the “Internet of Things”, currently being discussed in the programming world, it is worth reexamining our approaches to developing software. One thing is for sure, building fast executing software for tinier and tinier devices requires some real rethinking.
Posted: 24 Mar 2016   Updated: 24 Mar 2016   Views: 7,151   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to get started with the PowerBasic Compiler
Posted: 5 May 2016   Updated: 5 May 2016   Views: 14,540   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 16   Popularity: 5.57
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Copy and paste - a programmer's nightmare
Posted: 13 May 2016   Updated: 13 May 2016   Views: 4,211   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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Makers, the technology and the approach
Posted: 29 Feb 2016   Updated: 29 Feb 2016   Views: 13,360   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 4.77
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Windows, IOT, Raspberry PI, Intel, Win32 and BASIC
Posted: 27 Dec 2016   Updated: 27 Dec 2016   Views: 9,951   Rating: 4.50/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.06
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It is time !!! Yes, it is time for a replacement for the Raspberry PI and an Intel (x86) based device running real Windows 10. Why do I say this ? The $99 Windows tablet has been surpassed ! If you read my past article, entitled “The $99 Windows tablet.
API
Posted: 28 Jan 2015   Updated: 28 Jan 2015   Views: 9,690   Rating: 4.63/5    Votes: 9   Popularity: 4.41
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In the Windows world, software development can easily become stagnated if developers push too much for more higher level functionality at the expense of low level functionality.
Posted: 6 Jun 2016   Updated: 6 Jun 2016   Views: 11,031   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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Time to get back to BASICs for Windows IOT and Mobile – native coding !
Posted: 2 Jan 2014   Updated: 2 Jan 2014   Views: 5,621   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 2.39
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How to make Windows 9.x better
Posted: 4 Mar 2014   Updated: 4 Mar 2014   Views: 6,072   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Maybe this is only possible in my imagination, but I really do think it could be possible and if so it could bring Windows to a totally different use than ever imagined before.
Posted: 14 Jul 2014   Updated: 14 Jul 2014   Views: 6,070   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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Windows and the internet of things
Artificial Intelligence
Posted: 19 Feb 2013   Updated: 19 Feb 2013   Views: 15,611   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.20
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Today's development tools are becoming so complex that it makes one wonder, what has happened to software development.
Desktop Programming
MFC
Posted: 2 Jun 2015   Updated: 2 Jun 2015   Views: 12,760   Rating: 4.82/5    Votes: 14   Popularity: 5.37
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Lessons learned from legacy Windows programming
Posted: 1 Feb 2018   Updated: 2 Feb 2018   Views: 22,343   Rating: 4.76/5    Votes: 24   Popularity: 6.48
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The elusive Control Spy utility is a WIN32 programmers friend. Control Spy is a unique set of examples of how the common controls work when writing software using the WIN32 API. The last version I personally downloaded was the 2.
Win32
Posted: 4 Sep 2019   Updated: 4 Sep 2019   Views: 5,711   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 11   Popularity: 5.21
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Visual Basic 6.0 just doesn’t want to disappear. Why ? Likely many have written vital applications using VB 6.0 and Visual Basic dot.net is so different that it is not a viable option.
Posted: 13 Sep 2016   Updated: 13 Sep 2016   Views: 10,011   Rating: 4.79/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.35
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WIN32, the Assembler language of Windows, key to building GUI frameworks!
Posted: 2 Nov 2016   Updated: 2 Nov 2016   Views: 7,860   Rating: 4.38/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.06
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One of the challenges which I have felt made the WIN32 API dfficult to learn is that it leaned heavily on C and as a long time BASIC programmer, I always felt the C language syntax was terse in nature and that it lacked the natural syntax of languages like BASIC.
Posted: 8 Nov 2015   Updated: 8 Nov 2015   Views: 3,720   Rating: 4.75/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.86
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The challenges of building a Visual Designer
Internet of Things
Raspberry-Pi
Posted: 3 Mar 2019   Updated: 3 Mar 2019   Views: 4,451   Rating: 3.77/5    Votes: 10   Popularity: 3.77
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I have followed stories about learning to code in education and am intrigued by what I have read.
Mobile Apps
Posted: 18 May 2016   Updated: 18 May 2016   Views: 7,552   Rating: 4.11/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 3.71
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While many companies have been trying to jump onto the Smart Phone bandwagon over the years, Windows devices seem to have had a troubled path there.
Operating Systems
Windows
Posted: 27 Mar 2013   Updated: 27 Mar 2013   Views: 5,590   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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Only Microsoft really knows what it has planned for future versions of Windows.
Posted: 1 May 2013   Updated: 1 May 2013   Views: 13,850   Rating: 4.00/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 2.80
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The power of the Win32 API!
Posted: 19 Feb 2013   Updated: 19 Feb 2013   Views: 4,500   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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From the perspective of a non-Microsoft language developer, what do I think is part of the problem?
Posted: 12 Mar 2013   Updated: 12 Mar 2013   Views: 4,951   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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How to optimize software for Windows and tablets.
Posted: 21 Mar 2013   Updated: 21 Mar 2013   Views: 9,741   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 2   Popularity: 1.51
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What could be done to make Windows 8 tablets more popular?
Posted: 26 Feb 2013   Updated: 26 Feb 2013   Views: 6,190   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 1   Popularity: 0.00
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By using a procedural based approach using such a three tiered system, I strongly believe that operating systems could be designed to be simpler, faster and smaller, which is exactly what we need today for our mobile platforms.
Posted: 10 Nov 2014   Updated: 10 Nov 2014   Views: 10,020   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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IOT, Makers and Windows
Programming Languages
Basic
Posted: 4 Sep 2017   Updated: 4 Sep 2017   Views: 8,220   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 7   Popularity: 4.23
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BASIC is one of the most misunderstood programming languages! Mention BASIC to a current software developer and one quickly finds out that it is not viewed favorably by most programmers.
Posted: 19 Apr 2017   Updated: 19 Apr 2017   Views: 6,441   Rating: 2.82/5    Votes: 6   Popularity: 2.19
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After years of learning how Windows works under the “hood”, as a WIN32 API programmer, I can look back at classic Visual Basic from a different perspective and see how it could have been designed better right from the start. As a long time BASIC programmer, I appreciated how easy it was
C#
Posted: 7 Jan 2014   Updated: 7 Jan 2014   Views: 7,340   Rating: 4.92/5    Votes: 5   Popularity: 3.44
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Software development for today's mobile would benefit from something which would surprise you
Java
Posted: 20 Apr 2013   Updated: 20 Apr 2013   Views: 20,830   Rating: 3.33/5    Votes: 4   Popularity: 2.01
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Is Object Oriented Programming Overrated?
Visual Basic
Posted: 3 Apr 2013   Updated: 3 Apr 2013   Views: 22,662   Rating: 5.00/5    Votes: 8   Popularity: 4.52
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The key to future versions of BASIC is to first view them as a professional language.
Posted: 5 May 2018   Updated: 5 May 2018   Views: 4,371   Rating: 2.14/5    Votes: 3   Popularity: 1.02
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The latest news about Windows 10 Lean version of Windows sounds exciting, but it is not enough.
Tablet
Posted: 25 Feb 2013   Updated: 25 Feb 2013   Views: 7,320   Rating: 0.00/5    Votes: 0   Popularity: 0.00
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I am just waiting for the first Windows 8 small footprint tablet, 7 inch screen and so thin and lite it just weighs nothing in my hands.

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Chris Boss
Software Developer Computer Workshop
United States United States
Chris Boss is the owner (and programmer) of a small software development business in rural Virginia, called the Computer Workshop. For the last ten years or so he has been developing tools for use by Powerbasic programmers (see: http://powerbasic.com ). His main product called EZGUI (Easy GUI) is a high level GUI engine with Visual Designer and code generator. It is in its fifth generation now. He is an experienced Windows API programmer (more low level) and has experience in writing GUI engines (forms/controls), drag and drop Visual Designers, Graphics engines (printing and to the screen) and one of his favorites is a Sprite engine (2D animated movable images). His current project is version 5.0 of his main product EZGUI, adding such features as multi-monitor support, component engine, custom control engine, superclass engine and the latest project a 3D OpenGL based custom control. One of the goals he has is to push the limits of Windows software development, while making it easy, fast execution speed, small footprint (size of executables) and code reusability while providing a more graphic experience in user interfaces, while still being able to write software which can fit on a floppy disk (small footprint), use minimal amount of memory and able to run on multiple versions of Windows from 95 to Win8.