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« Thread started on: Mar 25th, 2018, 8:47pm »

Hello,

Do you have any plans to release the source code for BB4W/BBCSDL at any time in the future?
I think this would be the best way to ensure that it would continue to be maintained and used for a long time to come.
To clarify, I don't mean to suggest that you should do it - that's entirely your choice, I'm just asking if you're planning on it.

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xx Re: The long term future of BBC BB4W/BBCSDL
« Reply #1 on: Mar 25th, 2018, 9:17pm »

on Mar 25th, 2018, 8:47pm, PatrickM wrote:
Do you have any plans to release the source code for BB4W/BBCSDL at any time in the future?

I've said that I don't intend to publish the source of BB4W but that I do intend to publish the source of BBCSDL, and that remains the case.

The only respect in which my plans have changed slightly is that when I originally made that statement BBCSDL only existed as a 32-bit program. Now there is a 64-bit version (currently used for the iOS edition, but very likely to be needed for future Mac OS, Linux and Android editions as well) and it would be my intention to publish that since it's much more 'future proof'.

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I think this would be the best way to ensure that it would continue to be maintained and used for a long time to come.

That was my belief too, but when I announced my intention at the discussion group the feeling seemed to be that there is nobody with both an interest in BBC BASIC and the skills necessary to develop and maintain it.

So it could well be that putting it into the public domain will end up being an empty gesture. But if somebody with experience in putting projects on Github, say, could advise me on how best to do that it would be very helpful. Because the iOS build is done with Apple's Xcode I am tempted to follow this walkthrough.

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