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BRS Bar Clock v2.1 released PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Wray   
Thursday, 02 July 2009 14:44

I recently found an open source project that is concentrating on creating a compiler for old QuickBASIC code that converts it to C++ and compiles it that way, all in turn while using an IDE that still looks like the old QBASIC 1.1 and QuickBASIC 4.5. It's called QB64 (http://www.qb64.net)


It's not perfect, but it is working for many things. I tried to get one of my more complex games, BibleSMART II, to compile in it for re-release in Windows/Linux, but some of the features I used in the code aren't compatible (yet) with QB64. So, I redid one of my more simplistic programs, which honestly only took one or two minor modifications.

Meet "Bar Clock 2.1":

Download "Bar Clock 2.1" by clicking here. (Windows 98/ME, XP, 2000, Vista, Windows 7)

Once you download it, just run the file, specify a folder for it to go into, and then open that folder and double-click "barclock".

I wrote this in January 1999 as a test for some vintage PCs I had gotten, just to have something to run on them. I created v2.0 in full EGA color, and that's what was converted into v2.1 for Windows. I wrote this when I was 17 mostly as an experiment with ASCII character graphics, and to practice making "Progress Bars" in that fashion. Glad we don't have to do it quite this way anymore!

This is one of the programs I've considered modernizing just for fun. It could happen...eventually. I've got that itch to write some code again, stronger than it has been in some time.