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11-04-2005, 03:17 PM
I am taking a visual basic class right now :( yes......i know visual basic sucks but i have to take it for some reason. The teacher makes us use QBASIC 4.5 for a while, to get used to the coding. I am actually kind of liking it for some odd reason, maybe a little better then C++.........nah :rolleyes: Who here has used qbasic ("back in the day") ? :p

11-04-2005, 03:48 PM
I have - and I agree it's lots of fun for a beginner. I still use it sometimes just for fun, but to do anything powerful you really ought to use something like C/C++

11-04-2005, 03:58 PM
Hey don't knock qbasic, I'd be willing to bet a lot of people here learned to program using it, me included.

Visual Basic doesn't suck, it's actually very good for what it sets out to do. It's only when people try to do C++ style coding with Visual Basic that you'll run into problems.

The Brain
11-04-2005, 04:15 PM
i read like a 1,000+ page book on qbasic like in one week.. back in 1997..

11-04-2005, 04:22 PM
I wasn't knocking QBasic - I learned with it.

11-04-2005, 04:35 PM
Oops, I was talking to Sentral not you Sean, but now that I reread what he said he wasn't knocking it either :p

11-04-2005, 10:01 PM
I used to mess around with qb when I was younger but I really didn't know what I was doing :) I learnt to program in C. As for VB it's so easy a monkey could do it but it is so boring...

11-04-2005, 10:13 PM
I did start with basic. Then realised it was to basic for my non basic nature and basically switched to a non basic language and ever since that day have been basically happy.

P.S: I win.

11-04-2005, 11:15 PM
I started with QBasic. Made some game with bouncing circles. Those were the days...

11-04-2005, 11:38 PM
I am still using Visual Basic...and i think its very useful.....

11-04-2005, 11:43 PM
I used QBasic before, a year or two ago, but not very much at all. I didn't start with it or learn to program using it, however it was extremely easy to use. I didn't like it, and I learned to program by just jumping into C++ after learning easy stuff like HTML(I KNOW IT'S NOT A PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE),and JavaScript.

11-04-2005, 11:52 PM
I learned with GW BASIC 1.00 (cartridge BASIC) then QuickBasic then QB then QB71. I still use it for the heck of it. Sometimes I test algos in QB then implement then in C or assembly.
It's ez to get a new trick up and running in QB - almost no overhead - of course, at the lack of any type of speed or performance.

11-05-2005, 07:15 AM
Yup, I started on the PC with GW Basic too (STOS before that on the Atari ST). Didn't like QB though, was significantly different. Instead my bro turned up one day with a hokey copy of a Borland compiler and my C days began. ;)

11-05-2005, 12:41 PM
I never had to use qbasic, but last year I had a contract to convert a system that was build with DB2 using PL/I as the programming language to one with Oracle using ANSI C as the language. That was pretty fun