it's MIT licensed now, so feel free to go wild putting GW-BASIC in all your commercial projects, yo
that closed-source JORTS() graphics function you add will surely convince people to buy your obviously superior product
@djsundog PUBLISH THE QUICKBASIC SOURCE, YOU COWARDS
@djsundog (but actually i hope they do and would be grateful)
@djsundog ((don't worry microsoft, i still hate you, but i owe you some real credit for qbasic. i longed for the paid version that could produce binaries but never actually got to use it...))
@djsundog @brennen I had an after-school job where my main task was building a project-tracking system out of Access and VB, plus some all-the-way-back-to-the-equations implementation of drawing triangles to make Kiviat charts.
Sometimes weird side tasks would fall on my desk, like when my boss had (I'm not sure how) a CD with a raw magnetic tape dump of the library catalogue for a bankrupt community college, and I had to figure out what books were actually in the collection. I made a parser which was basically a finite-state machine implemented in Visual Basic that built an Access database as it went.
still, that zone of computing was something special. i think if the DOS / windows world had made more of that feel more accessible, instead of the "first hit's free, kid" vibe you got from everything where the idea of owning a compiler seemed weird and fanastically out of reach, history might look a lot different.
young sundog qbasic story
I wrote a horrible bit of qbasic back in the day to manage the management of a newspaper delivery motor route after our paper delivery person, who still wrote out weekly, monthly, or quarterly bills and receipts on carbon form pads, asked me if his daughter's computer from college could help make it easier.
I wrote a menu-driven route management program. it was naive, only worked for his exact needs, and was super slow, but it did what he wanted without him writing anything so he gave me $500 to let him try to sell it to his co-workers, then gave me another $500 when he sold five copies. of qbasic. uncompiled. written by a teenager. paid for my first car.
@djsundog The use of the term "MIT license" is misleading. MIT has released many licenses, most popular of them are Expat license and X11 license. Please specify about which you are talking about.
@redstarfish I was quoting the original post, so please take your crusade and your attitude elsewhere
@djsundog i wrote many crappy games in QBasic
@hardmous I wrote the first code someone paid me for in qbasic!
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