Was QB your first experience with Basic?
Yes, QBasic 1.1. That is the version of QBasic that comes with DOS.
What were some of the first QB games you tried, and did they give you a
calling to make GABasic?
The first game I had for QB was Galactic. I didn't have Internet
at that time, so i ask to my friend to download Qbasic games for me. He
downloaded Galactic, and it is a great game! But mainly, I started to make
GABasic when I read the Enhanced Creations message that said QB
was dead, that it doesn't support pmode. That was my objective, to create
a Protected mode compiler that used the Qbasic language.
Not to sound dumbfounded, but just for the sake of definition, what's a
A compiler for the QBasic language that works in pmode.
Have you tried GABasic on some of your own projects?
I have only a few projects, and I didn't try GABasic with them because
it won't work.
What things do developers have to keep in mind when working in GABasic
to make sure that the compiler works?
They don't have to use the TYPE command and SINGLE, DOUBLE varibles. This
will be fixed, because im going to rewrite the compiler to make it 99%
What does this compiler allow game developers to do that otherwise wouldn't
You'll be able to write fast programs, and you can create arrays that use
a lot of memory. For example, if you write "DIM sprites(1000000) as LONG"
in your code, this will a create an array of 4 megs of RAM.
Have you received any comments from people using GABasic?
Yes, they always send me a email telling me that the need an OCX file to
run the ide. For people who need .OCX files to run the ide, you can download
the OCX at http://members.xoom.com/gabsoft/ocx.zip.
What other QB utilities or libraries have you tried?
A lot, I've tried DIRECTQB, FUTURE LIBRARY, ZEPHYR SVGA LIB, and a lot
of utilities... (Mainly from the ABC packets).
What QB games do you think need help from GABasic's abilities?
I think that games that have to use large graphics algorithms could use
GABasic, because the mathematical operations in QBasic are very slow. If
you compare a FOR block in qb with a FOR block in GABasic, you will note
that the GABasic block works a lot faster.
Explain what happened between Gabsoft and Master Creating.
I have known Merlin since february, i was helping him create a game. Then,
he offered to host my project "XMSlib", which is a library to use
XMS in qb. Last month, I asked Merlin for a webmaster, and he told me he
would like to be the webmaster of my site. Merlin also offered to move
my site that was TRIPOD into the MC server. Soon,
he is going to redesign my site.
Are there any other tools that you plan to make or hope to see for QB in
Mainly I will make a library, it will not be a graphics lib, there are
a lot of them. I would like to see the QuickPower IDE finished. I also
hope to see the following games finished: IMERION, Annihilation (from Secret
Weapon Software), and Dark Ages 2: Engel.