Monday, December 15, 2008

New Run BASIC Whitepaper

Carl has a new Run BASIC whitepaper that's definitely worth reading. It is titled Run BASIC - A Breakthrough Web Application Server.

If you are new to Run BASIC but a veteran web programmer, be prepared to be shocked by how simple this is. No CGI scripting. No state management. HTML and Javascript knowledge is optional. In Run BASIC, there is an HTML statement that lets you embed custom code if you want.

Embedding HTML/Javascript is still necessary to add AJAX type code for dynamic page updating, but I suspect that future versions of Run BASIC will integrate this as well. For a more traditional web interface everything you need is built-in:

  • Desktop-like control flow
  • No state management
  • Graphics
  • SQLite database
  • HTML statement for embedding custom HTML and Javascript
  • SMTP statement for sending email
  • HTTP GET and POST statements for accessing other web sites and services
  • XML parser
  • Widgets with CSS styling
  • Easy component creation

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Carl released a free version of Run BASIC 1.01. There is no login security or application publishing, but besides that it is the same as the full version which sells for $59.95. The free version is a great way to kick the tires -- even develop your application -- before you need to buy the full version for login security and deployment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Google's Design Principles

I actually found useful content on Google's corporate information page.

Google's Design Principles. I especially like #3.

If you look at the navigation links on the left hand side of the page, there are other great links under the "Our Philosophy" section.

Monday, June 23, 2008

First Run Basic Hosting Service

Jerry Muelver of Hytext Consulting has launched the first Run Basic Hosting Service.

Account features include:
  1. Dedicated Run Basic server.
  2. Secure folder with FTP access.
  3. Static IP address.

A subscription is $60 for 6 months ($10/month). Jerry just announced a $5, 1-month trial.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

BBC Basic

A competitor to Liberty Basic from across the pond entered my radar in recent months. It's called BBC Basic for Windows and it's maintained by Richard T. Russell -- a sort of British Carl Gundel.

I was sufficiently impressed to buy a license and try it out as a testing tool for a project.

BBC Basic has a rich history that involves the BBC Micro and Acorn computers. The history of Acorn Computers parallels that of famous American companies like Apple and Commodore.

BBC Basic for Windows is a little more complicated than Liberty Basic, but it is also much faster and more powerful. I'll post updated Sieve benchmarks comparing Liberty Basic, Run Basic and BBC Basic in coming weeks.

Liberty Basic and Run Basic were developed with different tools and differing philosophies:

  • Liberty Basic was written in Smalltalk and has some of Smalltalk characteristics like big strings and really big integers. To understand what I mean, open a workspace in Squeak Smalltalk and evaluate the following: 1024 factorial.
  • BBC Basic was written in assembly language. It's fast, but has legacy power-of-two limits like 65535 character strings and program lines that can't exceed 251 characters.
  • Liberty Basic has integrated user interface statements. BBC Basic, however, keeps the core language small and moves user interface functions to external libraries. Liberty Basic doesn't support code libraries.

My evaluation of BBC Basic continues, and I'll have more to say about it in future posts.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Two new Carl Gundel Interviews

There are two new podcast interviews of Carl Gundel by the guys at Cincom Smalltalk. Just in case you've missed some previous posts, Carl is the author of Liberty Basic (for Windows) and the new Run Basic (for the web).

In both interviews, Carl discusses Run Basic:

Industry Misinterpretations Episode 70: Run Basic, Run!

Industry Misinterpretations Episode 71: Run Basic, Run! (Part 2)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Run Basic 1.0 Released!

Run Basic Personal Server 1.0 is available for purchase at http://runbasic.com/. The license price is $59.95. Here are some links organized by Alyce Watson, a long-time Liberty Basic community leader:

If you haven't tried Run BASIC, you'll want to visit the free online trial version here:
http://runbasic.com/

The forum is here:
http://runbasic.proboards82.com/

The community wiki is here:
http://runbasic.wikispaces.com/

What is Run BASIC? It's a web programming language that includes a server. Read more here:
http://runbasic.wikispaces.com/FAQs

and here:
http://runbasic.wikispaces.com/WebServer

Online documentation and tutorials:
http://www.runbasic.com/docs/rbhelp.html

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Run Basic Official Release This Weekend

We're up to Release Candidate 3.

Carl announced that he's preparing for the official release of Run Basic Personal Server 1.0 this weekend!

The Run Basic forum is also open to the public. Only the "Run Basic Beta Testing" area requires a login.