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BasicX Tutorial/programming guide

Started by basicxgumby November 9, 2005
Hi all,
I have been programming in basic for years and been using Parallax BS2
for a year. I decided to move to the BX-24 as it is obviously a
better performer for the money. After reading the manuals from
Netmedia, I am a bit confused with the programming style, eventhough
it is Basic.

Besides the book "BasicX and Robotics", does anyone out there know of
any guide/tutorial to help me get going with this. It is a real shame
that there is'nt more info provided by Netmedia. Any suggestions will
be appreciated.

Jo



--- In basicx@basi..., "basicxgumby" <basicxgumby@y...> wrote:
> Besides the book "BasicX and Robotics", does anyone out there know of
> any guide/tutorial to help me get going with this.

Are you more concerned about the difference in the two dialects of
Basic or the differences in the adaptation to the microcontroller? If
the former, you can probably pick up an inexpensive book on Visual
Basic (VB6, not VB.net) and just ignore the parts dealing with the
GUI, etc. BasicX is not 100% VB6 but it's fairly close.

If you're already conversant in VB6 then the only thing left is to
familiarize yourself with the System Libarary functions. That means
reading the manual and trying things out to see how they really work.

Don


--- In basicx@basi..., "basicxgumby" <basicxgumby@y...> wrote:
After reading the manuals from
> Netmedia, I am a bit confused with the programming style, eventhough
> it is Basic.
>
It is a real shame
> that there isn't more info provided by Netmedia. Any suggestions will
> be appreciated.


Well, I have looked at "Stamp" basic in attempts to translate that
code to Basic-X. It is rather less intuitive than Basic-X is.

As far as I can tell, Basic-X is about as plain-valilla as you can
get. There are a bunch of hardware-specific commands, but usually the
system library manual does a good job making it work.

It seems that Netmedia is running its Basic-X division on a
shoestring. It does not really seem that this is their major
market/business, at least not these days.

There are some pretty ggod app notes from Netmedia that helped me
quite a bit. Plus there is this forum which is rather helpful too.

-Tony



Several talented people have put together a wealth of information that
should provide you with a lot of help to get you going. Here are some links
to that info:

http://www.basicx.com/codeexamples/examplecode.htm

http://www.phanderson.com/basicx/index.html
http://www.phanderson.com/ordering_1.html
Peter Anderson also sells many items to further the craft, to support his
efforts and to pay students that develop these projects.
He's also a great guy to deal with as I'm sure the rest of these people are
too!

http://www.bxdocs.com/

http://home.comcast.net/~tomhandley/bx-24/bx-24.html

http://www.kinzers.com/don/

http://tigoe.net/pcomp/index.shtml

With these links and the manual you should have no trouble getting many
projects off the ground!

Hope this helps!
William