Here you can talk about anything related to BBC BASIC, not covered in another category
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One benefit of being forced to move the forum is getting a more reliable figure for the number of active users, because a lot of the members at the old forum(s) will have 'lapsed'. At the time of writing the new BBC BASIC forum has 103 members, compared with 204 at the new Liberty BASIC forum, and I suspect that ratio is a more accurate indication of the relative popularity of the dialects than the membership figures at the old forums suggested.
I get the feeling members are those who learned BBC BASIC 30 years ago.
But should not the members be playful youngsters with game ambitions?
In latter case layout of forum should communicate "game site" ... that kind of cartoons in header?
(everything admin will hate)
I mentioned before that the forum software (phpBB) supports 'skins' or 'styles' which can be installed. It's even possible to arrange that different members see different styles, so an 'old fogey' like me would see a boring, functional, interface like this one but a young member could choose to see a funky interface with cartoons!
Check out the style libraries here (these are free) and here (these you have to pay for) and here, and if you see one that you would like let me know and I will install it. I'm unlikely to be persuaded to set it to be the default interface, but I can tell you how to change the link you use so that you see it.
I checked out a dozen of them and decided I did not like them. Default template would be preferable.
When I am going to program an interactive site I am planning:
There will not be many visitors -> the tool for building the site can be the slowest in existence
-> meaning Run Basic
It sure means a lot of easy fun programming in BASIC (supporting execution of code by visitors)
(phpBB is capable of 100? visitors at the same time, while current traffic is about 1 ... myself)
(Using phpBB means no opportunity for developing site logic itself, or theme colors)
phpBB itself may be but the server on which it is hosted is not! I decided to host the forum on a private server so that it would be guaranteed to remain advertisement-free, but that does mean that the bandwidth is limited. I don't think I'm taking much risk - it's highly unlikely that the forum will become very popular!
That seems a strange comment, given that - if one wanted to and was sufficiently knowledgeable - the entire code of the forum could be customised! It's probably the most popular and most sophisticated of all the forums suitable for running on a private server, and there are many extensions available. But ultimately it's Open Source code and can be modified, if one is prepared to take the risk.Using phpBB means no opportunity for developing site logic itself, or theme colors
Please try to be more positive! Submit some BBC BASIC code for us to see! Write some amazing demo that I can showcase on YouTube and Facebook! Or if all you can do is whinge, shut up.
When programming for all platforms there are huge challenges. It is almost an impossible task. One company I know could not manage anything for two years, having a commercial system in PHP as starting point
Now I have discovered BBC BASIC can support all platforms (in principle .. I will see it first). And also that doing web programming can be done in RUN BASIC (not much to learn then and still be able to make web applications)
So I can make programs that can both be run from the net on all platform as a web application, and make apps of the same in BBC BASIC? (once I master it) (except interface may have to be something native)
I am exited about those prospects.
The quality of BB4W (Windows version) seems to be unmatched in that category. Unbelievable good workmanship is my feeling. (Windows will in any case be the platform for development ... then compiling on other platforms)