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A simple, straightforward approach on programming based on the BASIC language, enabling you to create applications and games with little effort

editor's review





Being amongst the first programming languages ever created, BASIC has its focus on ease of use and is still suitable to create applications and games. What's more, modern programs such as Just BASIC are equipped with features that enhance the whole experience, with syntax highlighting, builders, debuggers and more.

Simple interface makes it easy to use

At a first look, everything seems in its place, with the majority of space representing the text input area, while the upper toolbar holds all editing options and other functions you can trigger. What's missing though, is a line numbering feature, which cuts off a great deal of practicality because it makes it difficult to track your code.

Load examples or existing projects

Input is pretty much done like in every other programming language or text editor. You need some degree of knowledge so that your lines of code can be bundled up in a fully-functional application. Luckily, there are several examples you can load and practice on, and with the help of an integrated syntax highlighter you can easily identify functions and variables.

If you decide to use the application for projects you already started, these can be inserted or loaded directly, given that they are found under the BAS format. Additionally, plain TXT files are also amongst the supported formats and can be imported in any project. The same goes for saving or exporting your work.

Test the code and build the app

Since you get to work with a lot of text, sooner or later you might want to quickly find bits of code or specific words. This is possible with the search tool, which is also equipped with options to replace all matching entries with custom input.

When finished, the application is capable of piling up your lines of code in a TKN file, which is BASIC's way of creating executables. There's also a “Run” command to test out the project before deployment. For more issue tracking, you can use the built-in debugger to see whether or not you made any mistakes, but this is a little difficult because of the lack of line numbering.

A few last words

All in all, Just BASIC is exactly what the name suggests. In other words, it provides a simple and efficient environment in which to develop BASIC applications and games. It's not the best out there, that's for sure, with several missing functions and a poor set of features, but it can be equipped with quick access links to external utilities, tipping the scales a bit in its favor.

Just BASIC was reviewed by Mircea Dragomir
Last updated on February 4th, 2015

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