BBS: Inland Empire Archive
Date: 04-02-93 (13:51)             Number: 165
From: MARK KIMES                   Refer#: NONE
  To: CORNEL HUTH                   Recvd: NO  
Subj: Re: QUICKBASIC                 Conf: (3) Dr_Debug

CH> LEARN to use BASIC and watch your programming tasks finish 10 times CH> sooner with no bugs! ROFL! Do this: Take a string of about 128K and remove all linefeeds and ASCII 141 characters from it. Then compress it using LZSS and store it in a disk file, length preceded. Get back to me when you're done. BASIC's limitations with strings are atrocious. Sure, you can work your way around it eventually, and slowwwly. But with pointers and btrees it's no problem at all. BASIC may work fine for what you need. That's great; use BASIC. BASIC doesn't work fine for what I need. It slows me down and causes more problems than it solves. So I no longer use BASIC, nor write any more articles for the QBNEWS. Fluency in any language makes that language easy to use. Until you slam headlong into the language's limits. I did an end-around on BASIC years ago. I can now code more quickly in C than I could in BASIC, and I was balls-fast in BASIC (well, it's true :-). Mark --- XHEd-OS/2 1.22 * Origin: The Pit (1:380/16)
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