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xx Liberty BASIC is an old friend...
« Thread started on: Nov 28th, 2013, 03:24am »

This will be more stream of thought, instead of being chronological order...

It makes me feel old to admit that Liberty BASIC has played a part in my life for around 22 years. That is a LONG time. Times have changed over the years. LB used to come with a printed manual and support was provided via Carl's BBS. Myself and a few others even had LB sections on the BBSes we ran. Now everything has moved online, which is a good thing, as the phone bills could get pretty expensive with long distance BBS calls.

In the 16-bit days, there was not a lot of competition for LB. Then the 32-bit era hit and we saw a lot of competition. Over the past few years, many BASICs have died for one reason or another. Over the past year, two that I used heavily have died.

I have not been a steady LB user over the years, I use it off and on. I did teach LB for a couple of years in an after school program (Carl has the BEST licensing for educational use), but I eventually had to switch to a multi-platform language as some of the kids had Macs or Linux systems at home instead of Windows systems.

I started programming in 1979 on an Apple II, and got my first exposure to computers and programming in the mid 70's. Over the years, I have used a variety of programming languages. BASIC has always had a soft spot in my heart. I think there are pros and cons about all languages and one language does not fit every need. I also do not think methodologies like OOP are indicative of a professional language.

I was recently helping somebody fix a coding problem and I had to dig out LB to help them. It had been a few years since I have touched LB. LB felt like a visit with an old friend. An old friend that I missed.

The past couple of years, I have been helping a friend who was hurt in an accident keep his business running, and I have not had much time for programming as I would have liked to have had. But, I will be reducing my role at that job starting January 1st, and I will be back to having more time for programming.

I have a couple of projects I will be working on in 2014, and when I release them, I will make sure they are compatible with LB. I am glad my old friend, Liberty BASIC, is still chugging along and her user base has continued to grow and thrive. Once I get updated to the current version of LB, I should be good to go.
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xx Re: Liberty BASIC is an old friend...
« Reply #1 on: Nov 29th, 2013, 7:19pm »

Twenty-two years ago I was still coding on a Commodore-64, in Commodore Basic (and machine source code, to save memory). It is (now) amazing to me, what we were able to do with less than 50 KB of memory. CB prepared me well for LB, which I discovered less than ten years back, when I came across the book "Programming For Dummies."
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 29th, 2014, 3:25pm »

I was getting dressed today and thought I would post a pic of the shirt I was putting on. The shirt is still going strong.

http://i59.tinypic.com/1531n3o.jpg
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 29th, 2014, 4:53pm »

on Jun 29th, 2014, 3:25pm, Kuron wrote:
I was getting dressed today and thought I would post a pic of the shirt I was putting on. The shirt is still going strong.

http://i59.tinypic.com/1531n3o.jpg
A t-shirt with LB2 on it? Didn't know such thing existed.
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xx Re: Liberty BASIC is an old friend...
« Reply #4 on: Jun 29th, 2014, 5:15pm »

on Jun 29th, 2014, 4:53pm, cundo wrote:
A t-shirt with LB2 on it? Didn't know such thing existed.


I am not sure how many folks bought shirts back when they were offered, but I bought one. smiley Anyway, I just thought I would share a bit of LB history with newer users. grin


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« Reply #5 on: Jun 29th, 2014, 6:45pm »

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