[futurebasic] Re: [FB] cross-platform (wish it wasn't x-fb)

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From: Joe Lewis Wilkins <PepeToo@...>
Date: Sun, 04 Jul 1999 13:10:43 -0700
Hi Guys,

I'm working on my 4th Program that was done in FBII and then in Visual Basic 5
for wintel. It's not exactly what you would call "cross platform", but the
code is about 90% convertible. Graphics are quite different, but it is not all
that difficult. I use VB5 on a Softwindows95 partition on my 6500. There are a
lot of things that need to be learned when cutting the Hybrid CDs with Toast,
but by and large it is not only pretty easy, but lots of fun.

You need to learn the Windows API (in lieu of the Mac Toolbox). They are very
similar. After all, Microsoft developed them after using the Toolbox for years
developing Excel, etc. The names are even similar.

Eventually, you need to test on a PC, but VB5 (currently latest is VB6, but
you don't really need it in the beginning) runs it in an interpreted mode
until you finally compile to native code. I can recommend some books on VB5
and the API (Application Programming Interface).

Joe Wilkins