It's definitely not understandable what Peter Naulls is doing! He should have very very strong arguments which he should tell us. Paul Vigay very friendly tries to help the RISC OS community but Peter Naulls seems to like to destroy this community. Oh dear!
Is there really a chance that Peter Naulls can take legal action against Paul Vigay in a successful manner?
Thanky you very much. This is a friendly way of talking about BBC BASIC.
In reply to tribbles2:
1. "Why do you think that BBC BASIC has not been extended since BASIC V?"
I don't know, but perhaps nobody asked ACORN. And if someone has asked, it could be very possible that ACORN wasn't interested, unfortunately. And I don't forget that BBC BASIC V was fantastic when it came out to the world and offered a lot in relation to the existing CPUs.
When I started using BBC BASIC I hadn't Internet access to talk with other people or to send e-mails to ACORN. When I bought my A3010 I was simply happy to have BBC BASIC V. I started to think about BBC BASIC enhancements when I bought my RiscPC but even then I didn't have Internet Access. Now I believe that Michail Gorbatchew is right: Someone coming to late is punished by life. Sorry for my bad English.
2. You are right: If BBC BASIC is open source than it MUST be avoided that it ends up with "BOB's BASIC" and "JIM's BASIC" which would be incompatible with each other. A centrally managed system for feature additions is essential.
In reply to Martin:
I agree, one item on my wishlist (since a long time) are complex numbers. If I would have a BBC BASIC version which includes all my wishes than I'm convinced it would be a pleasure for me to show you that your MathMagical software can fly.
That's the point, I don't want to learn a new language and not to learn a new grammar/syntax. As an BBC BASIC user I want to learn new powerful BASIC keywords and a few new clever rules to speed up BBC BASIC and to simplify my programming. BBC BASIC is like a house, I want some new rooms to be added. I didn't learn any other "language" than BBC BASIC, SuperBASIC (very nice) of the Sinclair QL, BETA BASIC for ZX Spectrum etc.
When I read comments of "specialists" I often think they are writing only for specialists (I'm not one). And I think they don't like BASIC, they often hate BASIC (but I don't hate specialists). I'm sure that there are many people around who still would program in BBC BASIC. because they are only capable to program in BBC BASIC. Today its not a problem to have much RAM, so it should not be a problem to enhance the size of the BASIC interpreter. Is this job so difficult for experienced programmers if they have the source code?
Look at the Public Domain - there are many useful programs written in BBC BASIC. Why? It's easy and quick to program in BBC BASIC, you must not be a programming/language specialist.
I don't understand why many people are so ignorant: C++, Assembler, C#, JAVA, Perl, Lua, Python etc, etc are THE tools of the good guys? However, BBC BASIC is only for simple minded people? Oh Lord!
May be other languages better for specialist, BBC BASIC is better for me and other hobbyists. BTW, CDBurn is written in ADA - very exotic today in my opinion. But would you or specialists criticise Steffen Huber?