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2006\03\03@171712 by markp

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I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.

Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
these, or other BASIC compliers?

Thanks.

Mark Peterson

2006\03\03@180456 by Padu

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I've been using mikroPascal for almost two years now, which is very
comparable to mB. It is reaally easy to use if you are not a big fan of
assembler, although it will prove useful to see what their compiler is
doing. They have a very good library to deal with most types of devices
(serial, one wire, CF, etc).

They used to be pretty buggy, but those guys on Belgrade are pretty serious
about doing a good compiler. Support is done basically through their
newsgroup, and questions are replied in a timely fashion.

Padu

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> I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.
>
> Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
> these, or other BASIC compliers?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mark Peterson
>
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2006\03\03@182149 by Jan-Erik Soderholm

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markp@cannontech.com wrote :

> I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.

What are you using now, and what is the reason to change ?
What is the specific reason to select a *Basic* based tool ?

> Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings
> for either of these, or other BASIC compliers?

>From what I've learn and heard, at least mikroBasic isn't bad,
for beeing a Basic... :-)

Regards,
Jan-Erik.



2006\03\03@200615 by VULCAN20

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The mikrobasic can be downloaded free from the Mikroelektronika site.  
The only way it is crippled is that it is limited to a 2K program.  I am
currently learning to use it and have no problems so far.  The forum
they have on the site is very helpful.  A lot of experienced user are
fast to respond.  I have gotten answers to a couple of questions in less
then 30 minutes. Depends on the time of day of course.
They have the manual on-line FREE

But to be honest I have not tried any others.

They also have Pascal and C compilers.

Bob

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2006\03\03@233827 by Dwayne Reid

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At 03:19 PM 3/3/2006, .....markpKILLspamspam.....cannontech.com wrote:

>I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.
>
>Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
>these, or other BASIC compliers?

A co-worker currently uses MeLabs Pic Basic Pro for pretty much all
of his projects.  He's pretty happy with it and can crank out a
finished project several times faster than I can using assembler.

Many of these are fairly non-trivial projects: DMX lighting controls,
PS2 keyboard interfaces, high LED count display controllers.  He gets
good performance out of CPU-intensive tasks with judicious tweaking
and high clock speeds.

Many of the projects we get him to do are fairly trivial and PBP is
absolutely ideal for that.

dwayne

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2006\03\03@234548 by Rich Mulvey

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markp@cannontech.com wrote:
> I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.
>
> Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
> these, or other BASIC compliers?
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>  

  This is from the perspective of a hobbyist, albeit with a couple of
years of microcontroller experience.

  I played with MikroBasic last year, and it was *horribly* buggy.  The
developers were working hard at the time to fix them, but it seemed like
whack-a-mole - they'd fix one problem, and another one would pop up.

  I ended up purchasing the Proton Development Suite (
http://www.picbasic.org/ ), and it works just fine.  Support for new
chips comes out very quickly, and it seems to be far more stable than
MB.  There are, however,  a couple of glaring disadvantages, compared to
MB:  No built in source debugger, and it doesn't have true
functions/procedures. On the other hand, it has very good support
libraries, and probably 90% of the code I write is just glue logic,
calling the included libraries.  ;-)  They have everything from servo
control to I2C comms, serial routines, etc - pretty much anything you
might need.  I like it a lot, though it is also comparatively pricey.

- Rich

2006\03\04@082246 by Enrico Schuerrer

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I'm using mikroBasic in the free version due to the fact that I learned BASIC in Highschool 30 years ago.

I've done a few things like traffic lights for the model railroad or light control in assembler for learning purposes - with mikroBasic I need around 15 minutes to program a 16F630P, with Assembler I need around 20 hours...

At the moment I program a 12P675P for a terminal loop control for the model railroad and it works! :-)

Regards

Enrico


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> I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.
>
> Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
> these, or other BASIC compliers?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Mark Peterson
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2006\03\06@074142 by Mike Hord

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> I'm considering trying PIC Basic or mikroBasic.
>
> Any experience-based good recommendations or dire warnings for either of
> these, or other BASIC compliers?

I use PicBasic Pro, and no real complaints.  It lets me do fairly complex but
timing-insensitive applications quite quickly.  The inline assembly option is
very easy to implement, and allows for blocks of code with rigid timing to
be easily included in a way that fits well into your mental image of the code.
Interrupts can be written in assembly, and are easy to use.

Not sure how the non-Pro version stacks up, though.  It seems to me to
have a few shortcomings, but then, that's why I got the Pro version!

Mike H.

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