coderJeff wrote:Couple years old, but I came across this article about running on raspberry pi. You may recognize the names. Point is, people are doing things with FreeBASIC, and not necessarily waiting around for others to do it for them.
I agree entirely with what you said, for every parts. There is one thing that I'm wondering again, that in general I wouldn't have mentionned because I think that the best way to make suggestions is to give one first try of what is expected. But I miss time, and it seems that it will be so for ever now with the aging ;) That's why I'll put again some of my ideas on the table.
There is one issue in my mind about Freebasic. The language works really and works rather fine. Ok we lack *the* IDE, we know that but this is development of the few, and I can't say anything very far because I will probably never be able to start working on something like an IDE. However, here is what people like me should really be able to do, without any effort, rather with a lot of fun. To make it explicit what I'm thinking of very often, I ask this question:
- Why don't we launch limited time challenges with silly projects?
For instance, this week let's make a pacman remake. Let/s open a proper topic, let people make offer on what part they will be coding or supplying (if sound and sprites). Any beginner can make the title page ( press start to play in big uggly font ;) ), and men of talent could optimize the final shot when the allocated time is ellapsed, say 10 days for instance.
Then what? Let flood Sourceforge with community made goodies of this sort. And, if done well, in less than one year FB will regain popularity, as a language that makes stuff that wanders around on the form of free games, little utilities and so on.
What's hard in doing this. Nothing. What's the gain? Fun, satisfaction of seeing work done, gain of learning by doing also (which for itself alone is already quite valuable)
So what is missing? I don't know, someone who can animate such a thing, a leader to get the others started. That is where I'm probably out of it. Anyway it's my proposal here. Because also this kind of thing are a requisite if people want in a second step contribute to the core of the FB project. In other words, so we are looking at more people got involved? Why not starting by dummy projects for fun, and see what projects are about, and then see who is capable? Whatever the final result, getting things be done in FB, must be quite emulating. That's what I would have like to see around here on a more regular basis.
 Why not doing some survey of this kind of events and contribute by any means? --> viewtopic.php?f=15&p=235289#p235289