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Basic interpreters

I first learned to program in Sinclair Basic on a Spectrum, and later in GW-Basic on DOS. That didn't last long; fancier, more powerful languages lured me away soon enough, and I didn't return until rediscovering the joys of coding for 8-bit platforms in 2013 or 2014.

A couple more years down the road, however, I rediscovered another old interest, namely programming language implementation. And Basic is a very interesting language to implement! After a tentative first attempt, I started looking into it more seriously.

But that's a long story, for another time. For now, here are the results:

Other dialects

ZX Basic
A cross-compiler for the Spectrum that can run on any modern operating system.
FreeBasic
An x86 compiler, originally a QuickBasic clone, that can link to C libraries.
sdlBasic
A self-contained, single-file Basic for making games with the eponymous library.