Microsoft released a modern Qbasic for Windows 10

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Microsoft released a modern Qbasic for Windows 10

Post by Erik » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:45 am

Not sure if this was mentioned, but it looks like Microsoft released a version of Qbasic for Windows 10. From the screen shots, it looks like the IDE is a modified version of VS Code. I don't currently own a Windows 10 computer to try it out but could be useful for someone on Windows 10 that doesn't want to still use DOSBox and isn't using QB64 or Free Basic.

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Re: Microsoft released a modern Qbasic for Windows 10

Post by angros47 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:45 am

It is an open source program, written in javascript (with some WASM and TypeScript). It can be downloaded for free here:

https://github.com/IshikawaMasashi/QBasic

It is not windows only, it can be used also on Linux.
It seems to be based on this old demo: http://stevehanov.ca/blog/?id=92, that hasn't been developed since 11 years, and it doesn't offer anything more: the only complete QB games that works is NIBBLES.BAS (even GORILLAS.BAS doesn't work), because it doesn't offer any graphic mode.

My impression is that someone took that old demo (that was never completed, because the author just wanted to prove a point), replaced the simple textbox that was used as IDE with the Monaco editor (the open source IDE provided with VS Code), and packed it all together, then someone tried to sell it on the Windows Store exploiting the nostalgia factor.

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Re: Microsoft released a modern Qbasic for Windows 10

Post by nikomaru » Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:10 am

I just looked it over, and I wouldn't touch it with Edge. It needs all sorts of permissions, which is extremely unreasonable for an ide that shouldn't be accessing the camera, etc. Plus it's not released by MS directly. Not that they would.

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Re: Microsoft released a modern Qbasic for Windows 10

Post by Erik » Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:20 am

Oh wow. That's a real bummer. Thanks for the heads up on it's sketchiness.

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