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CarlThomas
Jul 15, 2013, 09:38 AM
I have seen statements that OS 10.8.4 contains a version of BASIC that can be accessed and used. Is this true? If so, how does one find and open it? Thanks :)



chown33
Jul 15, 2013, 11:40 AM
Where did you see these statements? Post the URL.

I've never heard of a builtin BASIC in any version of Mac OS X, ever. Adding one would be a first, and a step backwards, given the languages that ARE provided by default in OS X Mtn Lion.

The builtin languages, off the top of my head, so probably incomplete:

AppleScript
python
ruby
perl
awk
JavaScript
several shells (bash, csh, ksh, etc.)

MisterMe
Jul 17, 2013, 12:33 AM
I have seen statements that OS 10.8.4 contains a version of BASIC that can be accessed and used. Is this true? If so, how does one find and open it? Thanks :)OS X 10.8.4 does not include it but it is free. Chipmunk BASIC (http://www.nicholson.com/rhn/basic.html) looks just like BASIC from 30 years ago. If you want to use BASIC to do development on the Mac, then the closest thing to a BASIC development system is Xojo (http://www.xojo.com/). Xojo is the new name for REAL Studio, which superseded REALbasic, which superseded JavaBASIC. Originally conceived, JavaBASIC allowed developers to use a single IDE to develop Mac applications, port Visual BASIC applications to the Mac, or develop Visual BASIC applications for Windows on the Mac, or develop Java applications and applets. REALbasic was included with Microsoft Office 2004 shrinkwrap. Xojo appears to be the last gasp of JavaBASIC/REALbasic/REAL Studio. This turn of events appears to be unimpeachable confirmation of chown33's comments in Post #2.