Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Nov 2009 11:28 UTC, submitted by Mike Saunders
OSNews, Generic OSes A new version of the learning tool OS MikeOS is available, sporting a new BASIC interpreter with 24 instructions. You can run BASIC code from inside the text editor by pressing F8. See the App Developer Handbook for a guide to the BASIC dialect (somewhat similar to old 8-bit BASICs, nostalgia fans), and the User Handbook for info on running MikeOS from a USB key, floppy or CD.
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RE: Disappointing
by M-Saunders on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 10:06 UTC in reply to "Disappointing"
M-Saunders
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2007-09-17

Hi!

"I find this extremely simple BASIC variant to be a bit disappointing, especially given the fact that it takes up 32KB!"

1) The MikeOS kernel has 32K RAM of allocated, and the kernel binary itself is 13K. The BASIC interpreter is just over 2K (2295 bytes).

2) QuickBASIC and GW BASIC were commercial products developed by paid developers. MikeOS is a one-man part-time hobby project that's given away for free. There's bound to be a big difference in functionality!

Mike

Edited 2009-11-23 10:10 UTC

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