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 Post subject: PureBasic and the Future
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:17 pm 
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I am getting ready to re-write / convert my apps from vb6 to Purebasic.

One thing I am concerned about is longevity? Is there a backup plan for pureBasic. If the product is discontinued or developer stops working on it for what ever reason will this be open sourced or transferred?

Does purebasic produce raw 'C' that can be compiled externally? If so is there a way to see what pureBasic produces from the BASIC syntax?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:39 pm 
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axisdj wrote:
I am getting ready to re-write / convert my apps from vb6 to Purebasic.

One thing I am concerned about is longevity? Is there a backup plan for pureBasic. If the product is discontinued or developer stops working on it for what ever reason will this be open sourced or transferred?

Does purebasic produce raw 'C' that can be compiled externally? If so is there a way to see what pureBasic produces from the BASIC syntax?

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You can find more information about compiler here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=69818


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 Post subject: Re: PureBasic and the Future
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:56 pm 
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Purebasic produces assembly code, not C. And there is a succession plan in place should anything happen to Fred, so I wouldn't worry about future development.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:52 am 
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axisdj wrote:
Is there a backup plan for pureBasic.

PureBasic has two main coders: Fred and Timo. Each has full access to the product source, and Fred has previously stated there is a plan if (God forbid) both of them died. Don't forget the product would still work regardless, in such a situation. Sometimes I've gone months without updating it, because of its stability. The only times I update now are for new features, rather than bug fixes.

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Does purebasic produce raw 'C' that can be compiled externally?

No, it produces assembly code (as Netmaestro said).

axisdj wrote:
One thing I am concerned about is longevity?

Don't stress. People have been asking about PureBasic's longevity since 2003:

http://www.purebasic.fr/english/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=45773

And PureBasic has already been around for 20 years:

http://www.purebasic.fr/blog/?p=470

It's a stable product with a future. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am 
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axisdj wrote:
One thing I am concerned about is longevity? Is there a backup plan for pureBasic. If the product is discontinued or developer stops working on it for what ever reason will this be open sourced or transferred?

Fred wrote:
What I have said before is still true: if I have to quit PB for any reasons, I will release the sources, either in Open Source form, or to a closed community which will be able to drive the project. We are not the kind of men which don't keep our words, so please, don't panic if you don't have news from us for a few time.

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Thank you everyone, this concern is checked off the list.

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Actually the Amiga version of PureBasic was discontinued and open sourced as promised.


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Thorium wrote:
... the Amiga version of PureBasic was discontinued and open sourced ...


Partially, not the compiler but just the command set and some tools, better specify it I think or some Amiga user could get the wrong idea.

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Multiple versions of the PureBasic compiler will last at least as long as my many digital personal computers will.

Perhaps even longer?
I'm thinking if the world changes to tcap based systems, there will likely be a tcap to digital transformer of some sort.

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We couldn't opensource the compiler for Amiga because it's the same code source used for other OS. But if we had to opensource PB one day, everything will be included, obviously.


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Fred wrote:
What I have said before is still true: if I have to quit PB for any reasons, I will release the sources, either in Open Source form, or to a closed community which will be able to drive the project. We are not the kind of men which don't keep our words, so please, don't panic if you don't have news from us for a few time.

The Fantaisie Software Team


For benefit of the newcomer, I have been programming since 1979. In all that time, Fred is the ONLY developer of an indie language who has CONSISTENTLY kept his word. His integrity is above reproach!


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Kuron wrote:

For benefit of the newcomer, I have been programming since 1979. In all that time, Fred is the ONLY developer of an indie language who has CONSISTENTLY kept his word. His integrity is above reproach!

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And all of us know how much it's difficult to maintain the same application, without fail and without losing fighting spirit, since now more than twenty years :shock: 8)

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