cisin at xenosoft.com
Sun Apr 10 16:55:31 CDT 2005
> > I am looking for the origional GW-Basic Compiler what would you like
On Sun, 10 Apr 2005, Scott Stevens wrote:
> GW-Basic is an interpreter (run-time compilation).
> My understanding is that it was originally part of MS-DOS. PC-DOS from
> IBM had BASIC and BASICA, which relied on the ROM BASIC in a True Blue
> I have the IBM Basic Compiler 1.0,
> also the IBM Pascal Compiler 1.0, in
> IBM slipcovers with manuals. They go nicely with my PC-DOS 1.0. I'm
> not looking to trade them, though.
> Doesn't the GW in GW-Basic stand for Graphics Workstation?
It very well might, but the author of the MS/IBM Pascal Compiler
told me that it stood for "Gee Wiz". He also told me to NOT use
the Pascal compiler's runtime library.
> Is MS-DOS
> really where the BASIC interpreter with this name originates? I know
> Microsoft produced a lot of other BASIC versions that predate MS-DOS.
The CP/M BASIC was NOT named "GW".
> Please correct any of the above. I am not an authority on any of this.
None of us are. Particularly not the ones who claim to be.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com
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