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Future Software Confirmed for 100,000 hits
(4/1/2000) The modern epicenter of QB programmers sets an uncomparable milestone, and it's still counting...
You may have missed it. Perhaps you didn't. But either way, a headline like this is too big not to print. In an unparalled effort, Future Software's counter has now indicated that Future Software's site has officially received 100,000 hits.
This comes to no surprise for Future Software, which averages about 500-700 hits per day. Steadily, the QB site has been gathering hits from QB programmers from around the world. In fact, Jorden (the webmaster of Future Software) commented the day before on his discussion board that he required one more day before Future Software reached the 100,000 mark, which he calculated with precision.
What is it about this QB affiliate that makes it so popular? Part of the secret lies in it's web address, www.qb45.com, which can easily be found by programmers new to QuickBasic. Future Software has also shared success with its other efforts, including the qb45 startpage and, more recently, the joint partnership with Programming Oasis for the monthly Internet newspaper, the QB Times.
But the most important part about Future Software is that it is one of the remaining fragile parts of the nucleus that used to be the center of the QB community. In the earlier stages of the QB's unification with the Internet, there were three major sites: Future Software, Neozones Productions, and qbasic.com. Neozones Productions has recently suffered since the apparent departure of quickbasic.com, while qbasic.com (since it was passed to a new owner) has never been updated at all. Eventually Future Software simply stood its ground, changing its design every now and then, and ultimately withstanding the test of time.
But this blessing doesn't come without it's price. Over the years Future Software has expanded to include many other facets unrelated to QuickBasic. The site currently features sections on Web design and other concepts, in order to increase its readership. Also, with the face of change, Future Software has expanded to include coverage for Visual Basic. This seems to be a natural transition also, considering that QuickBasic as a programming language is no longer being offered for sale by Microsoft.
While Future Software is planning to stray to other programming languages, the support Future carries for all other QB sites and games seems to be the site's primary concern. This is proven through Future Software's many hosted QB games, including Dynamic Beta and Arrakis, a strategy game recently submitted to V Planet! for review. So for now, everything seems to be falling into place. And as long as people continue to use and make games in QuickBasic and it's variations, then the future looks bright.