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  • PB-DOS 3.5 > PB/CC 2.0

    Looks like one of my old clients / friends is going to drag me
    out of semi-retirement and back to programming. Just making money
    maintaining my PB-DOS 3.5 software got a bit boring lately :-)
    All works well, thanks to the former and DOS 6.22 machines with
    NOVELL 4.2 taking care of Lans in multiple retail branches,
    PcAnwhere connecting them to me and Head Offices.

    This client is a small UK FORD dealer, trying to get some cheap
    Software written to let them access Parts Data supplied on CDs
    for use with Ford's own WIN programs, but for creating Vehicle
    Repair / Maintenance Jobsheets and Invoices using their own
    Customer / Service History Database to be created by this
    Software.

    Received the "Full Products at Upgrade Prices" Newsletter today.
    Got me thinking about giving the PB/CC 2.0 Compiler and the
    PowerTree File Manager a try for this project. My reliable
    Btrieve for DOS can't be used with WIN specific code, only got
    the DOS Calls Interface for direct creation, maintenance and
    fast access to Btrieve files. Would they work with PB/CC ?

    PB-DOS 3.5 compiled programs run O.K. in all versions of WIN up
    to 98SE, usually from a Shortcut on the Desktop with "Properties"
    set to ignore Windows :-), but sometimes don't want to Lprint if
    WIN had control of the printer before, despite Dos specific
    settings in WIN's Printer properties.

    Can PB/CC print all 16 Foreground Colors as Background ones as
    well, by switching off the Blink Attribute with an Interrupt Call
    routine I got from one of the PB Support guys years ago ?

    Can the PowerTree File Manager be used with PB/CC ? It sounds
    similar to the one Bob wrote after he started the first version
    of PowerBasic for Borland. Yeah, I am that old :-)

    I am using PB-DOS 3.5 "EXECUTE" to hop from one Executable to
    another rather than "CHAIN", using my own procedures and not
    "Libraries". Simpler to create, $INCLUDE and F A S T ! Also
    easier to keep to approx. 250 Kb sized *.EXEs.

    What is the Executables size limit coding with PB/CC ? Has no
    "EXECUTE" and I still don't like "Chaining" :-)

    Got one week to make up my mind to grab some of the "Offers".

    Thanks for your advice,

    O t t o.
    [email protected]

    P.S. Nice to see Lance is still there :-)



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    Can PB/CC print all 16 Foreground Colors as Background ones as
    well, by switching off the Blink Attribute with an Interrupt Call
    routine I got from one of the PB Support guys years ago ?
    Yep. In fact, that's the standard mode: Windows doesn't believe in blinking.

    Can the PowerTree File Manager be used with PB/CC ?
    Yep. PowerTree now comes with both DOS and Windows versions in one. It will work with PB/DOS, PB/CC, PB/DLL, and other languages that support standard DLLs.

    What is the Executables size limit coding with PB/CC ? Has no
    "EXECUTE" and I still don't like "Chaining" :-)
    There's no fixed limit. It depends on a wide variety of factors. "Large".

    The EXECUTE statement isn't needed any more. There's a version of SHELL that can do the same thing.


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    Tom Hanlin
    PowerBASIC Staff

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    • #3
      Karl, did you get a copy of the latest gazette? If not, there should be a copy in the Product Announcements forum...

      Please note that the special pricing finishes on the 24th October...

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      Lance
      PowerBASIC Support
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