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Tue Apr 12 19:03:47 CDT 2005

GW stands for Gordon Whitten, a Microsoft employee.
If you Google gw-basic, you'll find a couple of places
that say Greg Whitten, but it's Gordon. 

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Fred Cisin
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2005 2:56 PM
To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Subject: Re: GW-Basic

> > 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 system.
> I have the IBM Basic Compiler 1.0,
aka "BASCOM"

> 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.

> 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

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