Home Computing Weekly10th April 1984
Published in Home Computing Weekly #57
A Basic compiler which aims to speed up your programs by using an interpreter. However, it's not easy and I wouldn't recommend this for the faint-hearted.
There are three parts: controller, machine code compiler and linker. You first renumber the Basic program from 0 in increments of 1, then save an ASCII copy. Next, load the compiler and debug your program. This can be very frustrating as you scan the error codes, make notes and continue. You then need to reload the original program, alter it and go through the motions again. If you get through the debugging stage unscathed, your program is compiled and you have the option of saving and/or EXECuting. The reward is considerable.
There are limitations. Most important is that it will not support floating point so your program must contain whole numbers. Work is continuing to remedy this. There are many other drawbacks in using Oasis Basic as not all Dragon Basic commands are compatible.
All is not lost, however, as the compiler takes your Basic program and prints to screen or messages. And there is a very comprehensive manual.