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Offline Vortex

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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2023, 02:31:55 PM »
Hello MrBcx,

Thanks for the explanation, you helped me a lot. I downloaded the same package and managed to install the necessary components.
All the 32\64-bit compilers are located in the same folder, C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\22.0\bin
A nice extra tool in the binary ( bin ) folder is Turbo Assembler Version 5.4. Only the 32-bit version of this utility is offered.
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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2023, 04:54:42 PM »
Hello MrBcx,

Thanks for the explanation, you helped me a lot. I downloaded the same package and managed to install the necessary components.
All the 32\64-bit compilers are located in the same folder, C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\Studio\22.0\bin
A nice extra tool in the binary ( bin ) folder is Turbo Assembler Version 5.4. Only the 32-bit version of this utility is offered.

Yes ... same with RAD Studio: 

Turbo Assembler  Version 5.4  Copyright (c) 1988, 2010 Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.

Borland's Tasm was my preferred assembler back in my MsDos days of asm coding. 

But now days, Pelles' tools are hard to beat for ease of access, functionality, support, performance and reliability.


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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2023, 02:45:28 PM »
Hi MrBcx,

Even if folks prefer C\C++ over BASIC, BCX will save us a lot of time
when beginning a project.  It's useful for prototyping ideas and for learning
about Windows API programming.

Very correct. Almost every Windows Program I've written in Pelles C was first prototyped in VB5.  I was a big
VB proponent, but when it went into the huge Visual Studio I had to give up.  I also missed buying VB6.
Then I bought PowerBasic and PowerBasic Forms - became frustrated with that so .....
I took the challenge to duplicate in C what I did/could do in VB5 and learn Windows programing that way. 
See attachments.  All of my prior C programing had been DOS, Unix, VMS, etc.

I recall many years ago I tried to dump my VB5 code straight into BCX I was not successful at that time and
didn't invest the time in it, unfortunately....

John Z
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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2023, 05:49:57 PM »

I recall many years ago I tried to dump my VB5 code straight into BCX

John Z

BCX is incapable of performing most forms of magic and miracles.

But it does a lot of other stuff really well.   ;)


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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2023, 07:35:07 PM »
BCX is a very nice compiler to convert Basic to C. Also, Pelles C and the accompanying utilities are very good.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2023, 07:43:38 PM by Vortex »
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Re: Squeezing some cool from Windows GDI
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2023, 09:32:22 PM »
BCX is incapable of performing most forms of magic and miracles.

:) any sufficiently advanced technology will look like magic to the less advanced (paraphrasing)
i.e. magic to me ....  ;))

John Z