[futurebasic] Re: [FB] scared of FB^3

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From: Charlie Dickman <charlied@...>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 12:04:24 -0500
>>it out. I don't think I've heard of anyone who has tried FB^3 and then
>>decided to return to FBII.
>
>Jay,
>
>You know one now. That would be me, probably the only one though. 
>That's not meant to make slight of the time and effort that Staz and 
>company have poured in FB3. On the contrary, I think FB3 will mature 
>into the best Basic for the Macintosh there is.
>
>Unfortunately, I simply have too much work to get done to permit me 
>the time that it takes to unlearn all the bad habits picked in the 
>last ten years and learn new bad habits...;-)
>
>Has anyone considered offering a service to convert FBII source code 
>to error free FB3 format?

No, Mel, youre not the only one although I continue to try and use 
FB^3. But I'm finding it difficult to get some things done that were 
quite easy in FBII. Without the fantastic help from this list I would 
not have been able to complete any of my FB^3 based projects. I'm 
still struggling with 2 FBII to FB^3 conversions and while the FB^3 
implementation should be cleaner (less or no assembler glue for use 
of the toolbox) when it's done it's quite an effort getting there. I 
began to convert some of my more complex games and simulations only 
to find that the same design approach won't work in FB^3 (this from 
Staz himself).

As someone mentioned in another thread an updated Handbook for FB^3, 
especially parts about the TOOLBOX statement, is sorely needed. We 
also need an OOP reference and Handbook for FB^3. I'm sure that these 
are on Staz' to-do list so we'll just have to be patient.

I would like to say, however, that I fully and completely endorse 
FB^3 as a worthy successor to FBII. Staz and Andy have done and 
continue to do marvelous jobs on their marvelous product. Its 
absolute stupendous that FB^3 is a product that is now commercially 
available. It gives all of us who are devoted to the FB line a 
pathway into the future and for that I will always be grateful and 
fully supportive of the product. I'm sure that when FB^3 is as mature 
as FBII it will be phenomenally better. Change almost always requires 
some effort.

Charlie Dickman
charlied@...