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Hi Gary

There a couple of options that you have:

1) There is compiler call Purebasic (low cost) that maintain a backward
compatibility with qbasic in term of structure, it will be easy to
translate and you can produce a binary file so that your client will not
pick into the code. This code can be run in windows and apples computers.

2) Python is easy to learn and it is interactive as qbasic. Converting
qbasic is not that easy, but the python is easy to learn and has a large
community user base.

3) You can convert you code into visual basic for applications in excel.
However, Microsoft is considering to eliminate visual basic in a couple of
years after people get use to Microsoft  .Net languages.

if you have being writing basic code, probably option 1 is the best option.

Normally, other engineers hire a programer to create the code in some
language and sell it to the clients with licensee agreement.

Best regards


On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 5:23 AM, Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. <
design(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> Fellow listers,
> I have been designing cranes and runways and their related structures
> since 1967.  One of my customers is demanding (nicely) that I give him a
> program that will design runway beams so he can estimate his costs.  I
> guess he sees me with one foot in the grave (I'm 76).  Every thing I have
> done is on spreadsheets, but I am relectant to give those to him as I think 
> that they reveal too much of the calc process as I detail all the formulas 
> and steps.  I want to maintain the mystique of the all-knowing and
> all-powerful engineer (cackle!).  I used to do some of this with Q-Basic
> which I found easy to use but it seems to have gone the way of the Dodo
> bird.  I know of another engineer who had such a program in Q-Basic, but 
> he died and his program went with him.
> By coincidence I was approached by another customer seeking a program to
> design open web steel joists (in Canada all OWSJ are designed for each
> specific job).  I had such a program in Q-Basic but it suddenly stop
> working, but I still have a hard copy.
> I am hoping that some of you might be able to offer some suggestions as 
> to what to use in the way of programmimg.

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