Getting help with FreeBASIC


There are several options available for getting help with FreeBASIC.

The Manual
This huge user's manual is full of information that can help you learn to write programs using FreeBASIC.

The manual is available online at http://www.freebasic.net/wiki. There is a search box at the bottom of every page to help you find what you're looking for.

If you are unfamiliar with FreeBASIC or the documentation, you may find these pages a good place to start:

A downloadable manual (in CHM format) is available from the sourceforge project page at http://sourceforge.net/projects/fbc which features a full table of contents, searching capabilities, an index, plus all the same content as the online version.

Searching the manual on or offline is an excellent place to start finding help about how to write and use FreeBASIC programs.

Examples and Source Code
In the ./examples directory located where FreeBASIC was installed on your system are hundreds of examples to be compiled and run. Most of the external library examples will need additional libraries to be downloaded to allow them to work. See Library Headers Index for a full list.

Tutorials
Community created tutorials about FreeBASIC can be found at CommunityTutorials. Some selected tutorials are included in this manual.

FreeBASIC Forum
An active community forum can be found at http://www.freebasic.net/forum with several sub-forums. The forum has a search feature that can help you find answers to questions or problems that may have already been asked and solved. First do a search for your problem, if you can't find the answer then post a message in one of the sub-forums.

Chat
IRC or Internet Relay Chat is a great way to chat with the developers and other users, some of whom are very knowledgeable. There are several ways to connect to IRC, if you know what you're doing simply join #freebasic on FreeNode.

If you haven't the foggiest what IRC is and you have Java installed, you can simply go here.

If you're trying to get help, the most important thing is to be patient. Sometimes you won't get a reply right away. Stick around or check back and the Community will try and assist you.

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