Wednesday, December 13, 2006


This is the official blog of Quite BASIC has already turned out to be an unlikely hit on the Internet and it is time to open up this channel.

It all started when I read an article by David Brin in Salon (Why Johnny can't code). The article is about how bright kids today don't learn to program the way kids used to. He points out that there are millions of students with textbooks containing BASIC code examples, but that the vast majority do not know how to try them.

I proceeded to write a DHTML environment for writing, testing, and running classic BASIC programs. It was key to make the site as accessible as possible. Consequently there is no sign-up or even download necessary. Just go to the site and start typing in the program. -- Simplicity is key.

Now it turns out that there is another crowd that enjoy the site even more. Yes, you guessed it: middle aged geeks like myself who like to remember the good old times. Incidentally, they are by now often parents so it works out really well.

I will use this blog to communicate updates to the service and general discussion.


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7:06 PM

Anonymous brad said...

how do i control how many number digits are printed in quite basic ?
im running some math and some of the printed number are fine but
some try to display stuff like 432.100000000001
and the little number at the end is not wanted and wrong...
is there a print format syntax like
100 print ####.###;x
that will control the displayed number to no more then 3 digits ?

5:32 PM

Blogger Nikko Strom said...

There is no real elegant way to do it, but you can use the ROUND function like in the example below.

10 LET X = 17.234567
20 LET Y = ROUND(X*100)/100

10:39 AM


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