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Creative User Guide

Started by GWS, July 25, 2009, 02:31:31 am

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GWS

Hi,

I've been doing a few parts of a user guide as time allows ..  :)

I hope folks might find some of it useful.

Here's Part1 - Welcome ..

all the best, :)

Graham
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GWS

Part 2 - Using Windows

Graham :)
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GWS

Part 3 - The Editor, Programming and Data types.

Graham :)

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GWS

July 25, 2009, 02:39:04 am #3 Last Edit: July 28, 2009, 08:20:45 am by GWS
.. and the last one I've done so far ..

Part 4 - Mathematics

Graham :)
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GWS

Error .. Error!   ::)

In the encryption example of Part 4 using XOR, I'd not noticed that if any character in the text, is the same as a character chosen from the key text, nothing was coded - the character just disappeared   :-[

Obvious really because of the way XOR works - "a" XOR "a" = ""

So I've modified the example so that if this situation arises, the original text character just passes through unencoded.  It chickens out .. ;D

The best bet would be to choose a key as you would choose a password - with numeric and special characters mixed in the key text.

I've updated the Part 4 .zip file ..

If anyone finds a better way, I'd be interested.  :P

all the best, :)

Graham
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aurelCB

Ahh what to say...
Simply great work mr.Graham  ;D ;D ;D
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GWS

Glad you like it ..  8)

There's a long way to go yet ..

best wishes, :)

Graham
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ZeroDog

Looks like you've done some nice work here.  These go in the 'keeps' folder for sure.  Thanks for putting these together.   :)

tbohon

Graham:

LOVE it!  Thanks for doing this ... looking forward to the continuing saga ... :)

Tom
"If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself ... the dreams will come to you."  -- Randy Pausch, PhD (1961-2008)

GWS

You're welcome guys ..  :)

I sort of enjoy doing it - bit of a masochist I suppose, but I like to think it might help newcomers
to get as much enjoyment as I've had over the years from this great little language.

Can't wait to see what Paul's cooking up for a graphics enhancement I've pestered him for ..  ;D

all the best, :)

Graham
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GWS

Oops .. spotted anothe little error - my pdf writer had somehow lost a return statement from an example
in the Part 4 - Maths.zip file.

Proof reading your own text isn't easy ..  ::)

Anyway, I've uploaded the revised version.  Errors are not permitted ..  ;D

Let me know if you spot anything else amiss.

regards, :)

Graham
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GWS

Here's Part 5 - Basic Programming, which covers the branching and looping commands.

best wishes, :)

Graham
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LarryMc

Graham
My 33 year old son (an unemployed welder) is currently reading your CBasic writeups and using a demo copy CBasic.

He has wanted to learn programming for quite some time.
Now that he has moved in with us he is going to take advantage of the situation.
We now have 5 computers running in our den.

I'm going to have him join the forums but I don't know how many questions he might ask because he and I are sitting back to back and he can ask me.

Anyway, he is liking and understanding your quides; so I thank you.
It takes some of the load off me.

Larry
LarryMc
Larry McCaughn :)
Author of IWB+, Custom Button Designer library, Custom Chart Designer library, Snippet Manager, IWGrid control library, LM_Image control library

GWS

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GWS

July 30, 2009, 01:37:18 pm #14 Last Edit: September 21, 2009, 02:00:15 am by GWS
Part 6 - Strings and Structures.

Phew, this nitty gritty stuff is hard work. :P
Can't wait to get on to the more interesting Windows and Graphics stuff.   ::)

Only Files and Printing left of the more boring stuff I reckon - oh! I don't know though - there's
Pointers and API usage .. cripes, there's too much stuff in this little language ..  ;D

Let me know if you spot something I've missed or (hopefully not) got a bit wrong.

all the best, :)

Graham

Edit:

Noticed the pdf index had somehow disappeared .. I've uploaded it again, hopefully it's OK now. :)

Graham
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aurelCB

QuotePointers and and API usage .. cripes, there's too much stuff in this little language .


Like you see and like you know CBasic is not to little language as someone's means. ;D
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Egil

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GWS

Thanks Egil ..  :)

Here's Part 7 - Just Do It ..  ::)

This section will take anyone just starting to program in Creative, all the way from a blank screen to a working window program.

Hopefully, it will explain fully what's happening along the way ..  :P

best wishes, :)

Graham

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Logman

GWS:

Last week I purchased Creative Basic and was strolling through the Creative Basic forum and discovered your CBasic manuals. I downloaded them and unzipped them to have a look. What a tremendous job you did putting them together.

Thank you--two thumbs-up.  ;D

Logman
Education is what you get when you read the fine print.
Experience is what you get when you don't!

Hobo

Thank you Graham. Such a great job.
I hope you don't mind it, but I placed all the 7 parts into one PDF file, so it is all there in one place. Something I'll sure be using often.

Hobo

GWS

Thanks Hobo .. glad you liked it ..  :)

I really must try to do a bit more - there's a long way to go yet.
Trouble is, there are so many interesting projects beckoning ..  ::)

I don't know if you've ever seen Alyce's (aaw) Liberty Basic Companion .. but that's a real tour de force.

If I could ever get to cover all that ground for CB, I'd be very happy - that is if my meagre capabilities are up to it.

Alyce pops up occasionally on this forum - as a newbie  ::) - don't believe it.
She's as near a guru as you can get - a leading member of the IBasic Developer's Group some 10 years ago. :) 

I'm always so pleased when she can spare the time to call in here.

best wishes, :)

Graham
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Alyce

Graham, your capabilities are indeed "up to it." It has been an honor to know and work with you. ;)

I'm not around this forum much because I have not made the switch to IWBasic. Perhaps the "leetle gray cells" are more resistant to change these days, but I find it to be more and more tedious to learn new syntaxes.  :-[  I'm still using Visual Studio 6, which has not been supported by MS for many years. That should tell you something...

I still use Emergence Basic. I'm not sure if there is even a spot to find support for that language any more.  ???

Thanks for your kind words, Graham.
-Alyce

LarryMc

Quote from: Alyce on October 07, 2011, 04:29:22 am

I still use Emergence Basic. I'm not sure if there is even a spot to find support for that language any more.  ???



Right here!!

You probably know more about it than me but I would gladly try to help you if you ever had a question.
Or, since I now own CodingMonkeys you could ask over there.

LarryMc
LarryMc
Larry McCaughn :)
Author of IWB+, Custom Button Designer library, Custom Chart Designer library, Snippet Manager, IWGrid control library, LM_Image control library

GWS

New bit coming up quite soon, kind readers ..  ;D

I'm having to make it an Input/Output Part 1 ..  :o

'cos I/O is such a huge subject .. so I'll be doing some aspects like File I/O as a separate bit ..

I'm also having to change the format slightly.

So far, example programs have been included in the text - but now they are getting more substantial, and will be requiring supporting graphics and sound files.

I'll post this and future documents as  .zip files as usual, but they will also include separate small zips for each example program.  These can be copied into individual folders and unzipped to give the working programs and all associated files. 

I've done it this way rather than incorporate the resources into the .exe files, because I wanted the user to see exactly what files are involved, and also give him/her a chance to change the graphics to his/her own preference if desired.

The user guide text will of course still refer to the example programs, with descriptions, explanations and discussion snippits, which I hope will make things clear.

I hope this method will work out.  It does mean that the whole series of pdf guides can't be fastened together as a book exactly - the larger example programs would have to be on the equivalent of an accompanying CD/DVD.  That's the problem with having so many large examples  ::)

The whole thing should sit nicely on the hard drive though ..

best wishes, :)

Graham
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GWS

Hi folks,

It's been a while, and I've sort of lost track of the numbering, but I think this is Part 9 ..
Graphical User Interface - Part 1.

I'm having to do it in parts 'cos it's rather large.  This first part relates to the various Window types.
Subsequent parts of the GUI subject will cover the various Controls and their use.

It's attached .. I'm hoping all the graphics in the pdf work OK ..

All the best, :)

Graham
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