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article.gifV. iziBasic Palm - 1. iziBasic - Description & Download

iziBasic

Copyright (C) 2004-2009 Laurent Duveau



iziBasic

  • Version : 7.0 (July 2009)
  • Shareware for :
  • Language :
  • Screen :
  • Trial Version download : izibasic_trial.zip (3.0 Mb)
  • Full version price : US $­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 25
    All upgrades, minor as well as major ones, are free, you only buy this software once!
Other useful downloads:
  • User Manual in French (version 6.0): izibasic_manuel_fr.zip (972 Kb)
    THANK YOU very much Apdi2003 for this very welcome translation
  • Abstracts of the User Manual in various formats that can be used directly onboard of the Palm device (various older versions): izibasic_doc.zip (587 Kb)
    THANK YOU very much to Garfield and Patrick for sharing their documentation
  • Various "PP applets" to add to iziBasic's features: ppapplets.zip (462 Kb)
    THANK YOU very much to bh77a, JoeV and Khertan for sharing their "PP applets"

iziBasic stands for easy Basic for Palm. It targets all kinds of developers and should be a very good tool for newbee programmers. Skilled programmers will also find in iziBasic a tool to develop very quickly and easily various types of software.

iziBasic is a high level development compiler which builds Stand-alone applications. The great thing is that it does all of that directly on-board of your Palm OS based device.
Source codes are easily written using:
- either the Memo Pad application which is shipped with all Palm OS devices,
- or an on-board third party DOC editor of your choice.

As its name also states it, iziBasic uses the BASIC high level and very easy to learn development language, a customized subset of it to be
precise. You will discover how easy and quick it is to develop software with iziBasic when the more common development tools available on the Palm OS platform usually require pretty good development skills.


A wonderful review, very positive and precise, was written for iziBasic on the famous English Palm247 website. You may access to this review by clicking on the link here after: http://www.clieuk.co.uk/izibasic.shtml/
I especially appreciated this review because I believe that it explains extremely well all aspects of iziBasic.

iziBasic is also very officially referenced on the PalmSource web site. It is qualified as "an easy-to-use BASIC compiler"
The full description of PalmSource can be found here:
http://www.palmos.com/dev/tools/vb_rad.html


To give you an idea of the power of iziBasic, here are snapshots for 6 of the 22 sample
applications which are gently offered to you in the iziBasic distribution file:





Detailed description of iziBasic (one more time)

The same thing as above presented in a more "marketing" way

iziBasic - text description is included in the image
iziBasic - text description is included in the image

Limitations of the trial version of iziBasic

The limitations of the trial version are very light, so as not to stop you from using iziBasic if you like it and cannot afford to buy it.
For instance, there is no time limit and you can very well use iziBasic without any time restriction.
But you are encouraged to support this shareware and buy it.
The limitations are:
- A nag screen to remind you to buy the full version
- Some functionalities are not activated (a few instructions and statements)
- The About box in your programs tells that your software was made with iziBasic


How to buy the full version of iziBasic?

You can buy the full version of iziBasic for the very little cost of US $­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 25 on the following online stores :Thanks for purchasing iziBasic.

All upgrades, minor as well as major ones, are free, you only buy this software once!


Users testimonials

24-Jul-04 by Guilherme Miguéis
This is a killer tool for standard GUI Palm OS applications development! It uses standard Palm OS API controls and it's faster than many popular interpreted C's and BASIC's for Palm OS! It also builds standard stand-alone Palm OS executables "onboard" - no runtime distribution!
Impressive!


05-Aug-04 by jdebay
This is a must have for anyone doing RAD for palm os.
This is a system that is five stars plus. documentation is very good for initial release. Sample programs are great. We just need to support this system.


27-Oct-04 by YAM Guy
I'm a newbee programmer who wanted to do more with my Palm, and make my own programs for "fun", and I found iziBasic so easy to learn and use!!! Easy but powerfull! It's so fun to code / debug / test and I fell very happy when I see my own programs running!
Very good job!!!


30-Nov-04 by Chuck Norman
Very powerful program, especially for the low cost. Creates stand alone applications easily. I was able to build and debug a 400+ line program in a few hours. Execution speeds are very fast. Questions were answered promptly on the developer's forum. Support has been first class; better than most commercial programs. This package has made it fun to program on the Palm with the simplicity of the BASIC language.

12-Dec-04 by Boris Belfer
I have used NSBasic for a long time, then HandHeld Basic, Small Basic, and now - exclusively your software, because I can make changes right in front of my clients, adapting calculation to their specific needs. The software is not restricting my brain anymore. My engineering design got freedom!

13-Dec-04 by Nelson Menéndez
I just purchased iziBasic and it is amazing. I forgot how much fun was to program en Basic. After reading your manual, I was able to create the program with not much hesitation.

20-Dec-04 by Benoit HERVIER
The best PalmOS onboard basic.
PRC generated is fast, and make design palm apps is very easy.
And support are excellent !


27-Mar-05 by lawson liu
it is very good. I like it. and develope some good application programes

13-Jul-05 by K. Obe
Finally there is an Basic compiler for Palm and it is really EASY to use. Great!

A reviewer from Miami, Florida, 2005-10-21
Could it Get Better?
No It Can't. iziBasic is a Must Have tool for any developer, not only can it create ''quick and dirty'' applications, it can also create professional applications. Customer support is great


A reviewer from from Vancouver, BC, on Nov 14, 2005
Very powerful RAD tool
It is easy to create applications with iziBasic aswell as native add-ins for iziBasic. iziBasic creates small, fast, commercially-markettable applications. 5 stars!



Updates Description

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Creation date : 22/07/2004 @ 19:31
Last update : 12/12/2009 @ 12:02
Category : V. iziBasic Palm


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Reaction #15 

by Alex 04/01/2005 @ 21:58

yay, 4.0 is out!

Reaction #14 

by boxsters 17/12/2004 @ 15:04

Bonjour,

Est-il possible d'utiliser Izibasic en Hires c'est à dire 320x320 ou 320x480 ?

Merci d'avance ce soft à l'air super !


La réponse d'aldweb

Bonjour boxsters,

Il existe une fonction HIGHRES() dans iziBasic qui permet de basculer en mode High Resolution.

iziBasic ne gère pour l'instant que le mode 320x320 qui est standardisé dans les API Palm OS.

Le mode 320x480 n'est pas encore standardisé et, comme je ne veux pas gérer toutes les exceptions dans iziBasic (comme les jog dials, les boutons 5 way nav, les résolutions originales, etc...), il n'est donc pas implémenté.

Mais, ce mode 320x480 est tout à fait programmable très facilement, en quelques lignes de code, via une "applet PP" appelée par iziBasic (voir fonction CALLPP$­ d'iziBasic à laquelle tu feras jouer le même rôle que la fonction HIGHRES), applet qui pourra appeler les API High Res spécifiques au Tungsten T3 ou au Tungsten T5.

Reaction #13 

by Jluc 20/11/2004 @ 22:31

Soft vraiment pas mal ! Dans l'ensemble c'est fort !

Mais avez vous une idée de dispo :
Nom de variables à taille aléatoire ?
Tableau plus volumineux ?

Pourquoi t(0)=ticks ne ce compile pas ?
Pourquoi m$­­­=d$­­­+r$­­­+t$­­­ ça marche pas ?
Pourquoi c$­­­=chr$­­­(143) ça marche pas ?



Certaines fonctions sont cool !!




Réponse d'aldweb:
Bonjour Jluc,

Tout d'abord, je pense que ce genre de message correspond plus à un sujet de forum qu'à un commentaire d'article, mais ceci n'est qu'un petit détail.
Venons en au vrai sujet : tes 5 questions

Nom de variables à taille aléatoire ?
Ca n'est pas dans ma liste d'améliorations prioritaires pour l'instant

Tableau plus volumineux ?
Ce n'est pas non plus dans la roadmap court terme d'évolution d'iziBasic

Pourquoi t(0)=ticks ne ce compile pas ?
Tout simplement parce que t(0) n'est pas une variable tableau reconnue par iziBasic. iziBasic reconnait un unique tableau A() ( et aussi un tableau A$­() ) avec indice <=255, les 26 premiers indices étant aussi les emplacements mémoire de A-Z.
Exemple :
B=TICKS ' et, comme B=A(2), A(2) contient aussi le résultat


Pourquoi m$­­­=d$­­­+r$­­­+t$­­­ ça marche pas ?
Pour te répondre, essaye ceci :
BEGIN
D$­="si, si, "
R$­="ça "
T$­="marche !"
M$­=D$­+R$­+T$­
PRINT M$­
WAIT
END

Pourquoi c$­­­=chr$­­­(143) ça marche pas ?
Si, ça marche aussi, ça imprime un joli petit coeur !
Essaye ceci :
BEGIN
C$­=CHR$­(143)
PRINT C$­
WAIT
END


@+
aldweb

Reaction #12 

by Apdi2003 18/11/2004 @ 00:02

Bonjour Aldweb

La traduction est terminée. Espérons qu'elle aidera à gommer les réticences de quelques amateurs de programmation Palm qui hésitent encore à utiliser ton formidable Basic embarqué.

Cordialement. Apdi2003


Réponse d'aldweb:
Un GRAND MERCI à toi Apdi2003 pour cette belle traduction que j'ai effectivement bien reçue. Je la mets en ligne dès que possible. Ca va faire des heureux parmi nos amis francophones allergiques à l'anglais

@+
aldweb

Reaction #11 

by apdi2003 11/11/2004 @ 21:45

Bonjour Aldweb

Bingo. Je te mets dans ta boite perso un premier jet de la traduction française du manuel de iziBasic v3.0 que tu trouveras peut être le temps de relire et d'amender. A toi de décider de la suite à donner.
Je confirme, à l'usage iziBasic est un outil très intéressant.
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