KBasic 1.87

Bernd Noetscher berndnoetscher at gmx.de
Fri Jan 16 09:23:10 CET 2009

Name: KBasic
Version: 1.87
Type: KDE Development Environment
Depend: Qt 4.x
License: GPL
Homepage: http://www.kbasic.org/
More Info:

 BASIC for Linux®, Mac® OS X and Windows®

It is a new programming language related to
VB.NET™, Visual Basic®, Visual Basic for
Application and Javaâ„¢. It combines the best
features of those tools and comes with built-in
backward support for those tools as it is 100%
syntax compatible to VB, VBA and QBasic®.

Additionally, it comes with support for VB.NETâ„¢
syntax, functions and similar objects and classes.

KBasic is an open source project backed by years
of continual development. It allows developers
with an installed base of VB applications to start
developing for a mixed Windows®, Mac® OS X and
Linux® environment.

KBasic is made up of the following programs:

●    a compiler
●    an interpreter
●    an integrated development environment

It is about 15 MB source codes in C++ and about
1000 source code files.

Full Version Professional Edition


KBasic is a full featured language, which supports
the best modern programming techniches known with
well designed objects, events and plenty of

KBasic uses Qt (C++) as its toolkit to provide
cross-platform abilities. KBasic is the easiest
way to get cross-platform development without the
needs to learn C/C++ as it combines the expressive
power of C++ with the familiarity and ease of use
of VB. The API of Qt is consistent across all
supported platforms, enabling platform independent
application development and deployment.

Read more at Nokia’s website: www.trolltech.com

KBasic's source codes are provided for Visual
Studio® C++ 2008, KDevelop and Xcode®. Qt itself
is open source and available from Nokia®.

You may use the KBasic’s source codes under the
terms of the GNU Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation (Version 3).


People around the world join KBasic - inspired by
the idea to make software available for everybody:
a programming language that is easy to use, and a
development platform that is stable, reliable and
available at a low price.

We communicate by different means, most of them on
the Internet. The KBasic community rests on
dedicated volunteers to further improve our
programming language and development platform in a
number of different ways. Whatever your skills,
there are lots of places to start contributing.

Support this project
Where’s the fun using KBasic, if others don’t
know? Order a KBasic Professional License today,
and support it!

The project is under active development and has a
vibrant community. If you are looking at ways of
helping the project, take a look at the following


This is a short overview. For details check out
the examples and manuals of KBasic.

Use C/C++ libraries from within KBasic
KBasic supports calling functions of C/C++ library
files (*.DLL, *.SO and *.DYLIB) enabling you to
mix C/C++ and BASIC code.

Database and SQL

Supported databases on all platforms are
●    PostgreSQL
●    SQLite
●    MySQL
●    ODBC*
KBasic uses SQLite as embedded database engine,
which creates database files locally on your
machine without the need of a database server.

The SQL binding for controls helps you to easily
create data-aware forms.

You may store date, time, text, numbers, images,
movies and sounds or any binary data within a

* Some features are not available yet.

If you deploy your application, you might consider
 making it available for  different languages.
KBasic helps you with this task by adding support
for translations. For each form you may create a
translated form and for each text, you may provide
a translated version.

Unicode and String
KBasic gives you the possibility to support
non-latin languages, e.g. Arabic or Chinese
characters. The String data type comes with a
built-in Unicode support in KBasic.

KBasic enables you to directly use the math
functions commonly used in BASIC applications. It
declares a set of functions to compute common
mathematical operations and transformations.
Additional, you may directly use the C library
math functions commonly used in C/C++

Date and time

Support for dealing with date and time is built-in
as well.

Rich text format (RTF)
KBasic give you the control for dealing with RTF.
You may use an advanced WYSIWYG viewer/editor
control supporting rich text formatting using
HTML-style tags. It is optimized to handle large
documents and to respond quickly to user input. It
can display a large HTML subset, including tables
and images and custom syntax highlighting.


It is an advanced WYSIWYG viewer supporting rich
text formatting using HTML-style tags. It can
display a large HTML subset, including tables and

Web Browser
Provides a powerful full-featured web browser
(based on WebKit) and enables you to create
desktop application with a HTML and Javascript
interface. It is possible to add custom KBasic
controls within the HTML code and interact with
them. Use web pages within your desktop
application like “Google Map”.

Supports MDI and SDI, Dock window, Tool window,
Main window, Dialog, Normal window, Menubar,
Toolbar, Statusbar, Systemtray, Multi-page Window,
 Scrolling in Window, Transparent Window, System
dialogs, Storing preferences, Embedded windows,
Context menu, Image buttons for graphical buttons
with custom images for each state, Custom timer
events, Adding control on the fly, Drag & drop,
Windows Vista look and feel,  Aqua interfaces on

Furthermore, it is possible to use stylesheets for
customizing the controls' look.

Memory management
The following objects and classes helps you to
organize your data in memory:

Strings, Bits, Binary, Array and Dictionary.

File system
Support for files and directories: Read, write,
create and more.

Easy download of files from the Internet.

Multi-media support for movies and sounds
Supported formats depend on the platform used.

and SVG.

Interacting with the operating system
Run other programs or open files with the
associated applications.

Create your own controls
By using custom painting and custom stylesheets.

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