Post by donnybowers on Feb 25, 2018 2:51:11 GMT -5
I'm a BASIC geek. I love anything BASIC. I use LB just about every day, and I still tinker with JB now and again. Both work fine on Linux using Wine. RB was one of the most exciting things to me. I've been playing around with PHP for several years, but for some reason I just can't get excited about it. But, being able to write a BASIC program and have it run on the internet sounds like a dream come true.
But, there's one problem. It doesn't work. I've been watching for several years trying to find links on here to working websites. The few that I've found are either really slow or dead links. I was really getting into writing little apps with the free version, testing the water so to speak. But, when I went looking for examples of it actually doing something useful, I couldn't find anything. If I'm going to take the time to set up a web server, I want to be sure that it will work, and that I can actually have people come to my website and not be turned off because it loads too slow or doesn't load at all.
The other reason it doesn't work is because for some reason RB stopped working on Linux. I had no problem using the command line to enter the server, but I've tried it on several versions of Linux and can't get it to work. I even re-downloaded thinking maybe there was some kind of upgrade I was missing. Nothing! It doesn't work. I can still play around with it on XP I suppose if I set up a Virtual Machine. But, having to use Windows for a server doesn't motivate me. Windows was junk then and it's worse now.
Lately it seems like the most active LB community is the JustBASIC forum. When I first got into JustBasic and then LB, it seems like I remember a flourishing community. People were asking questions and posting snippets. I learned a lot in those days, and I miss seeing the activity.
For now, I can get by with the programs I can write with LB404. But, I'm starting to think I'm going to have to get serious about the learning curve of PHP or JAVA or something. I have ideas and no way to put them into action except spend some more years learning a new language. I see that as a setback really. I've written programs that make websites, calculate all kinds of things for my electronics projects and recently even one to manage my newfound Ebay business. So, for me, Basic is definitely powerful enough to get some work done. I'm really saddened that this RB project looks like it's dying. I really think it was a great idea. But, if I'm going to invest my time in something, I need it to be something that's still going to be around and functioning ten years from now.
I would gladly post some links out there and maybe start a little forum and repository of my own to promote RB if I thought it was going somewhere. When I first started playing with it I actually thought it might revolutionize the internet. BASIC may not be seen as that powerful of a language. But, I think it's probably powerful enough for what most people aspire to do, both in programming and on the internet (if it worked). I never thought it would replace the big languages. I just thought it had potential for some really inspiring websites written by people who want to create something, but don't want to have to spend the time getting a bachelor's degree in order to express it.
I'll still keep my eye on these forums hoping to see some sign of life. I'll probably never become really proficient with PHP and I'll probably never get into languages like C++ or Python. Maybe, but I'm feeling a little old for that these days. But, what I wouldn't give for a working BASIC web language!!!