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A Slow Recovery Into February

(2/5/2001) Can the stream of QB news sites pick up from a grisly December month? We take a look at some new sites helping to pick up the slack in this month's Site Report.

December witnessed the end of several long-running QBasic sites. As the QB community was torn apart by the loss of sites such as Neozones Productions, new, small sites rose up to take their place this January. While none of these sites has yet duplicated the greatness of the old sites, some of which were the building blocks of the QB community, these infant sites have a variety of different topics, layouts and content.

Statto Software's web site was launched not only as a software site, but as another QBasic site. Early on, the "good guys" from Statto started to review other QBasic sites. They currently have around thirty site reviews, and give out awards to the best sites. In addition to this landmark, Statto Software also recently passed the thousand hit mark, which is not easy for a straight QB site review site to achieve.

The young and expanding website is hoping to expand it's file archives. Statto Software's website currently hosts several files, but they do not have very many, and the site revolves around the site ratings. They are also trying to start a QB Magazine.

You could best describe Qbasic Contest Central as a phoenix rising from the ashes of former download and contest site Neozones Productions. This site is dedicated to restarting the contest section from Neozones, and has gained support of some of QBasic programmers. They currently have a Winter screen saver contest and a Pong contest, which some people have already contributed to. It's too late to join the Winter screen saver now as they're judging, but the deadline for the Pong contest was just extended to February 16, 2001. If you've got a Pong game in the works, this is the place to go!

One of the people who has noticed Qbasic Contest Central is Gianfranco Berardi, the creator of the game review site Pigeon's GB Games. Even though it has been around for some time now, this site recieved a new layout around January 1st, and its review section is growing very quickly.

The new site birth count rose when a makeshift page was created by Gab of G.I. Software. At first, this site consisted of an orange and white background and four links. It quickly matured from infancy to youth when Gab applied a new background
and added programs given to him by other people. G.I. Software's site has a very promising future.

EvilBeaver, the editor of QB Cult Magazine, has announced the QB Start Page. If he gets enough hits, he will create a new page concerning QBasic; if there aren't as many hits as he had hoped, then there will be no QBasic Start Page.

A near-death occured recently. Programmer's Sharehouse, a portal for all programming languages, has seen a possible temporary retraction of its CGI when it moved from its original URL, This site, which hosts over 350 different QBasic resources, has seriously reduced the size of the QBasic section, which used to be over 400 resources. For the gamer, however, this site still holds 73 QB Games, which is by far the largest gaming section for any programming language listed in the Sharehouse.

December was a sad month for the QB community. January was a better one, but it was like the day after the stock market has
plummeted badly. However, the new sites will guarantee that QBasic will live on well into this new and exciting century.

Article written by Diamond Titan, Links Manager

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