What about basic?

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Soulstorm, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    I have a question. Some say that Mac OS 9 and X are not very friendly in applications that use Basic as programming language. Is that true? And if it is, why is that?

    (That is the reason why UnrealED isn't developed for mac)
  2. macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    Basically, as I understand things, it more or less is true. The reason is that not many apps are programmed in BASIC, and it's not very powerful, so while there is BASIC on Macs, virtually no one uses it.

    On the PC end of thing, most BASIC stuff is programmed in Microsoft VB... And Microsoft doesn't make VB for Mac. There is a very similar Mac programming utility called RealBASIC, but it's not 100% interoperable with VB.
  3. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    There's an app which can convert from VB to RB. It's certainly not flawless, but it gets the tedious stuff out of the way.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Basic is pretty cross platform because nowadays you can get a crossplatform compiler for some versions. Visual Basic is windows specific. The original UnrealED was written in VB, but it was so buggy that it was rewritten in C++.

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