GW-BASIC

 

Download GW-BASIC here! Below we have GWBASIC 3.23, GW-BASIC Manual, Compiler, tutorials, examples and games, all absolutly free. Just click on the blue lettered selection, save and un-zip.

Be sure to check out the new GW-BASIC FORUM!

 

--DIRECTIONS--

Click, download and unzip the following zip files:

GWBASIC.EXE.zip - the complete GW-BASIC 3.23 ( 60.3K )

gw-man.zip - a complete GW-BASIC manual by Microsoft in html files. Thanks to Thomas Shaffner. Click on index 2 after downloading. It is an excellent linked index.

COMPILER.zip - a GW-BASIC compiler. Read the "read me" for all the information that I know. It outputs a stand alone exe file when compiled with the /O option and linked.

OptionList.zip - a list of options for the GW-BASIC compiler (BASCOM). Some do not work.

Compiling GW-BASIC -porting GW-BASIC to QuickBasic2.0 ( probably our compiler ).

GWCOM.html - an optional list of commands. 12 Jun 2002 by KindlyRat before the above manual was recieved.

exil- a Linux / GW-BASIC converter.

basictut.zip - an optional tutorial by Castcoly Software. After unzipping click BT1 and BT2 and press "page up" and "page down" to read.

Free BASIC Compilers and Interpreters

Norman DeForest - deep research into the GW-BASIC language.

Scott's GW-BASIC / Windows solutions!

IconToBasic - run your favorite BASIC programs from desktop Icons!

BASICtoTEXT - change BASIC to Text (Notepad) files.

GWscan - a program from ScottServer that does the same thing. Check out the other programs too!

Here's another good GW-BASIC tutorial.

Here's a link to a TRS-80 (RadioShack) to Windows translator by AW Software.

hbasic.zip - A version of GW-BASIC for Hercules graphics

font.zip - a font set for GW-BASIC for Hercules graphics

Here's some new fonts for the DOS Box that we use with GW-BASIC, Thanks to Matt Gregory!


-- HINTS --

GW-BASIC was once the main language used on home computers and is still useful in learning the fundamentals of computer programming and smaller utility programs. It still runs on Microsoft Windows computers thru WindowsXP, though not in a window, but on the black screen used for MS-DOS programming above that will pop up when you click on the GWBASIC icon.

GW-BASIC is an interpreted language which means that it isn't compiled. You type the program in or copy and paste it into a text ( Notepad ) file saved with the name and a .BAS suffix, surrounded by quotation marks. Entering "run" will start the program. GW-BASIC uses line numbers and runs and saves files with a ".BAS" suffix in the same file as the interpreter. You can also run a program by "dragging and dropping" the program on top of the interpreter.

You can find a Users Guide and Reference at any good garage sale or library. Also don't forget to check Amazon.com's used books and I found a "Microsoft GW-BASIC Users Guide and Reference" at Half.com for $0.75! If all else fails I have a list of GW-Basic commands for download above and several tutorials and links to tutorials.


---GWBASIC GAMES---

note: these games are for GW-BASIC, BUT can be "LIST"ed and clipboarded and saved to notepad. Then you can load them into other BASIC languages. You may have to change a few lines.

dominoes.zip...a good dominoes game
bluesbox.zip...a song writing / playing program
checkers.zip...a good but dumb game
HAMURABI.zip...rule a primitive society
Slot6.zip...a good slot machine game
Pic3.zip...draws random colorful rectangles
BATNUM.zip...a good math game. add line "110 RANDOMIZE TIMER" for better random numbers
23mtch.zip... an old 23 Match game
aceydu.zip... acey deucy anyone?
buzzwd.zip... a buzzword creator
chomp.zip... two or more players. from ScientificAmerican
craps.zip... a good craps game
stars.zip... a number guessing game
fibonacc.zip... a Fibonacci Series Calculator
mugwmp.zip... find the mugwmp on a 10 X 10 grid
eliza.zip... an artificial intelligence game
nim.zip... a good NIM game, use caps
Scott...BASIC programs
salvo1.zip...an artillery game

---CODE EXAMPLES---

archie.zip...learn Structured BASIC Programming!
gwup07.zip...decodes protected GW-BASIC programs
sequential.zip...demonstrates search, list first and read
circles.zip... random circles in SCREEN1
snails.zip...population sampeling theory test
PIBAS.zip...PI calculation by the casino method
RootSumSquare.zip... prove a calculation method
factor.zip... finds the factors of numbers
demo2.zip... old Zenith BASIC graphics demo
menuet.zip... PLAY music demonstration
binary.zip...demonstrates search, list first and read
dietest.zip...checks the Random Generator
two-buffer.zip...demonstrates sort of A$, list first and read
bubble.zip...demonstrates sort of A$, list first and read
Mandelbrot.zip...Mandelbrot Fractal demonstration
ListDisk.zip... by Eric Tchong, formats BASIC programs for listing or printing.
SortThem... another Eric Tchong QuickBASIC program that demonstrates sorts.
RanHex.zip...random hexadecimal generator
Cypher.zip...a text encoding program
99bob.zip...demonstrates messing around in BASIC

KindlyRat

 

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