Thursday, January 30, 2003

The purpose of this blog is to talk about Liberty Basic in particular and computer science in general. Liberty Basic is an easy to use Windows dialect of the BASIC programming language. It's written in Smalltalk by Carl Gundel.

Liberty Basic 3.02 can be downloaded as shareware at the official website. There is no expiration, but programs can't be larger than 250 lines of code and they can't run outside of the LB editor. It's a reasonable limitation. The Silver registration ($29.95) removes the code size limit and popup reminders. The Gold registration ($49.95) adds the ability to create standalone applications that run outside of the editor.

Future posts will both praise and bash this venerable tool. It has been around for 10 years, first as a 16-bit language and now as a 32-bit language.

As a computer professional, its limits can sometimes be frustrating, but even so it remains the most "fun" language in my tool chest.