The below description has been extracted directly from the official PureBasic website.
Official Description Edit
PureBasic is a native 32/64 bit programming language based on established BASIC rules. The key features of PureBasic are portability (Windows, Linux, MacOSX and AmigaOS are currently supported), the production of very fast and highly optimized executables and, of course, the very simple BASIC syntax. PureBasic has been created for the beginner and expert alike. We have put a lot of effort into its realization to produce a fast, reliable sysstem friendly language.
In spite of its beginner-friendly syntax, the possibilities are endless with PureBasic's advanced features such as pointers, structures, procedures, dynamically linked lists and much more. Experienced coders will have no problem gaining access to any of the legal OS structures or API objects and PureBasic even allows inline ASM.
The main features of PureBasic
- Huge set of internal commands (1100+) to quickly and easily build any application or game
- All BASIC keywords are supported
- Very fast compiler which creates highly optimized executables
- No external DLLs, runtime interpreter or anything else required when creating executables
- Procedure support for structured programming with local and global variables.
- Full unicode support
- Access to full OS API for advanced programmers
- Easy but very fast 2D game support through dedicated libraries (DirectX, SDL, ...)
- Easy and high quality 3D support based on OGRE
- Optimal use of the available hardware by using highly optimized (assembly) commands
- Source code is portable between AmigaOS, Windows, MacOSX, and Linux
- Dedicated editor and development envioronment
- Powerful integrated debugger and profiler to easily trace and analyze code
Specific features depending on the OS
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Example Syntax Edit
This is the ever present hello world program as it would appear in PureBasic syntax.
;basic hello world program. OpenConsole() ;pops open a console PrintN("Hello World") ;writes text PrintN("..press esc to exit") Repeat ;loops until escape key Delay(20) ;this will stop it from eating CPU alive :D Until Inkey() = Chr(27) ;escape
PureBasic is available for 79 Euros, this includes lifetime upgrades. See the Official Order Form.
Learning More Edit
To find out more about PureBasic please check out some of the sections below.
Beginner's Guide Edit
A PureBasic community member has published and made available a free beginner's guide ebook. If you are interested at all in picking up PureBasic, definitely check out this guys book.
Check out the official post on the PureBasic community forums: Purebasic - A Beginner's Guide to Computer Programming
Tutorials will be written, hopefully :). But for now, be happy with hello world.