It has been a while, but I certainly didn't give up on GFA-BASIC 32. In fact, I've done some fundamental research this winter to figure out a (new) direction for GFA-BASIC 32.
COM is a must
Each new Windows OS provides more COM based interfaces, rather than new DLL function APIs. A modern language must support the use of COM interfaces, and I've done a lot of research in that area. The first step in the process should be the use of non-ActiveX COM libraries. This requires adding COM references to a GFA-BASIC 32 project. Once this is completed, the language should have the ability to provide COM classes as well. So, in the next stage, GFA-BASIC 32 must support object-oriented structures like VB's Class/End Class. Finally, research must be done to evaluate the opportunity to add third party ActiveX controls.
This is not the only thing that is on my mind. I often get questions or receive bug reports that require a lot of time to investigate. I only have a heavily commented disassembly, I still don't understand all of it. Once I found a bug or improvement it needs to be implemented. Well, patching is an art in itself and often can be done in multiple ways. Sometimes I need to acquaint myself with entirely new ways of hacking. This costs too much time, so I need to figure out how to proceed with that. My first priority is to implement COM support.
Assemble in GFA-BASIC?
But, only recently (!) I realized I could maybe copy the disassembly to GFA-BASIC 32 and use GFA-BASIC's assembler to re-create the executable (GfaWin32,exe). I made some trials and it might actually work! That would mean I could edit the (assembly) code of the IDE directly inside GFA and then recompile (F5). Wow, maybe I give this my number one priority ...
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One of the questions I received contained a statement I wasn't familiar with. The code contained a declaration of an array of type "Pointer To Int". I had no idea what that meant. Do you? If not check out the next blog.
I would like to start with saying thank you. Of late I've been playing with writing os software in asm. My windows programming has mostly just been some Delphi and a bit of Visual Basic stuff at work. I needed to do some windows stuff for a new project I'm working on and happened on your site. I played with GFA Basic on the Atari and Amiga. Thanks for keeping a great toy alive.ReplyDelete
To have COM support is a great extention!ReplyDelete
To hae this will expand the capabilities enormously.
Is there a time line?
Pointer to Int ...ReplyDelete
Heh ,how is posible that you dont know what that
Heh, it says 'an array of type "Pointer To Int"'ReplyDelete
Please, Steve... it's not more of a toy than the 1040ST ever was. Most of the 68000 machines were superior to the Intel boxes of the time.ReplyDelete
Hey Guys! I loved GFA-Basic! Is there a way to set the ocx/control properties on the Form Editor? I tried, but does not work. I'm missing something? Thank you so much!ReplyDelete