Talk:List of BASIC dialects

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Is this page needed?[edit]

I'm wondering if the page is realy needed seeing that we've already got Category:BASIC dialects. Ae-a 23:42, 12 May 2005 (UTC)

The main reason I established this page was to ensure that we'd have a "flat" alphabetical (i.e. quickly'n'easily navigable) and annotated list of BASIC dialects, in order for the reader to get an informative but still concise overview of all BASICs (known to WKP). I think that there is a real need for such a page, because
  1. the category page displays the dialects by name only, and thus imparts no information whatsoever neither on history/origin, acronym expansion, nor platform(s) (all of which, when written concisely, easily fits on a single line of text); and
  2. the List of BASIC dialects by platform (LoBDbP) is, to be blunt, (bound to be) somewhat messy in its layout, and not particularly well-suited to the task of giving readers a comprehensive and straightforwardly browsable overview of the range of BASIC dialects past and present.
To provide a clear idea of what I mean, I just copied the old flat alphalist from the main BASIC article over to this one (I guess I should have done so already, but now it's done at long last). Of course, I'll have to check for additions & changes in the LoBDbP, but that's no problemo, as I monitor both lists + the main BASIC article. --Wernher 22:31, 13 May 2005 (UTC)
See my commentary (under "Big Changes") in the talk for List of BASIC dialects by platform for more on this.

Recent revert[edit]

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BLASSIC - I recently browsed this interpreter. It claims to be able to handle source code limited only by memory. Appears to be Qbasic plus this feature - command line operation. 2601:181:8000:D6D0:52:7D20:512F:BA1B (talk) 14:38, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

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switch to comprehesion of BASIC dialects[edit]

This is a list, but i think it will be a wise move to rename this article and build a comprehesion of BASIC dialects.

Since there's currently nothing to compare them to and BASIC has multiple versions that have been made from it.

FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 22:17, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

We have an article and some examples at BASIC. Dbfirs 22:57, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Yes, but perhaps having a notice on which versions are currently developed or open-sourced would be nice. FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 02:15, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

Agreed. That would be a useful addition. Dbfirs 08:00, 7 April 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps a draft could be created for this purpose. FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 19:45, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Here's a draft of how it could look. Draft:Comparison of BASIC dialects FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 13:13, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Cleanup needed[edit]

Hello all,

Currently this article is a mess as there's many of "dialects" of questionable notability. I would like to make a massive cleanup by removing non notable entries.

FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 21:09, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

The article certainly needs more references. Which dialects do you consider non-notable? Dbfirs 21:42, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
A large amount of dialects lack references or links to other articles which makes it difficult to know if the dialect even existed or is notable. I believe that once references and links are added, it will make it easy to note which dialects may be considered non-notable. Probably after this is done a community consensus will exist and determine which dialects are notable. Main thing is to add references and let a community consensus make decisions on notability. FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 23:15, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
I would think that nearly all of them could be referenced to some computer magazine, so deserve a mention in this list. I think it is reasonable to include, in a "list", all of those that have existed, and not just those that are sufficiently notable to deserve an article of their own. It will take some time to look up a reference for each one. What does anyone else think? Dbfirs 01:06, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
It would probably work alright as this is a list and not an actual comparison of BASIC dialects. FockeWulf FW 190 (talk) 17:31, 16 December 2016 (UTC)