BBC Basic for Windows by Gordon Sweet M3YXH

This is based on the original BBC BASIC so it runs many of the old BBC programs. The original BBC computer had only very tiny RAM of 32 K compared with the multi-meg RAM of today’s PCs. In order to create the complex graphics such as used in many games, much of the programming had to be done in assembly code. Since the memory locations used by BBC4W are totally different, because it is Windows based, many of these programs will not work with BBC4W. There are a number of true BBC emulators around which make use of ROM images of the original Acorn ICs. At present I find the best can be freely obtained from It only recognises BBC disk image files, though it does also accept the old ROM image files.

A freeware version of BBC4W with a program size limitation can be downloaded from and like the registered version to buy, it can compile BBC code into single small EXE files of less than 100K even if including some of the Library files supplied. As some may remember BBC Basic has a variety of Graphic functions not available in another other Basics along with numerous Window modes which are all very easy to access with the simple MODE command. It also has a wide range of Envelope and Sound effects, which in this case now come for the usual stereo speakers.  One of the libraries supplied enable speech sound to be easily added to programs. However its main disadvantage is difficulties in accessing the now very important popular Windows Boxes, Buttons and drop down menus and API calls. It relies a great deal on memory manipulation resulting in extra care needed while experimenting.

The programs created with BBC4W with the ext. of BBC cannot be read by any other software, unless created with the BAS ext. It is provided with a comprehensive Help menu, and is supplied with a number of example programs, and has a small Yahoo support group. Like the original BBC it also has a direct entry option allowing you to test single line entries without the need to create a program.

Gordon Sweet – (M3YXH). From VS July 2006.

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