ASIC - Its Almost Basic 5.0

Category: System
Year: 1994
Manufacturer: 80/20 Software
Localization: EN

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On Tuesday July 29, 2008 freeringtonessamsungricahouro (guest) said:

The site is good resource, tnks, owner.

On Saturday January 5, 2008 DB (guest) said:

ASIC is a DOS based BASIC compiler that includes a number of BASICA and QBASIC commands.
It includes a fairly simple to use full screen editor, that also has a great help feature that will take you directly to command you need a little help with in the documentation. (That may not sound like a big deal now in the Windows era, but back in the DOS days that was virtually unheard of). As well as a super debugging feature for finding those small flaws that always creep in.
Without a doubt though, ASIC's best feature is the compiler that lets you turn your program into a stand-alone executable COM or EXE file. Back in the early 90's ASIC was the only non-commercial (aka freeware/shareware) program that I was ever able to find that could do this, all the rest required you to run your programs through an interpretor to execute them, which was a real pain in the butt.
RH mentioned the "add ons", he might be referring to the libraries. Another great feature that provided some added functionality to ASIC, and as I recall allowed you to do some things that you couldn't do with straight basic commands. You could also create your own libraries in which you could include program segments that you frequently used (i.e. a display layout), and also allowed you to greatly expand the size and complexity of your programs by compiling subroutines into libraries which you just referenced in your main program, and the compiler would automatically integrate into your final EXE program.
It's a real shame that the creator's of ASIC didn't continue it into the Windows environment. It was (and still is) a fantastic DOS program that in Windows would have continued to be a huge hit with us old fogies who never learned more complex computer languages.

On Saturday November 4, 2006 RH (guest) said:

ASIC is similer to QuickBASIC. In some ways it is better (the compiled programs are smaller). I have been using it since the mid 1990s. I still use it to compile small DOS programs. I think there are add ons that are available on the Internet. The programming environment is a simple text editor but what makes this software good is the well written documentation that it comes with. -RH