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Agora BASIC is a BASIC compiler for POSIX systems

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 65K
Developer: Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho
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Agora BASIC is a BASIC compiler for POSIX systems. Agora BASIC aims to implement all of Standard Full BASIC (ANSI INCITS 113-1987), with useful but compatible extensions. It does not do that quite yet. What it does is implement a small subset of the language, enough that simple programs can be written in it. A lot of work expanding the support of the language is still required.

Agora BASIC specifically does not aim to be a "modern" BASIC dialect. There are enough of those already, even as free software. The only way for Agora BASIC to acquire classes or other similar things is if the standard is thus updated. Minor extensions, mainly lifting senseless restrictions in the standard and enabling writing useful programs in the Unix environment are possible.

Agora BASIC is a compiler, not an interpreter, and there is no interactive mode. Furthermore, the compiler uses C as an intermediate language and the system C compiler as the backend (note that the intermediate C code is not intended for human consumption or manual editing).

What's New in This Release:
This initial release supports enough of the language to write simple programs.

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