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Hare Basic   [2024]

Hare Basic Released by :
Aleksi Eeben

Release Date :
14 May 2024

Type :
C64 Tool

User rating:**********  9.9/10 (11 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Aleksi Eeben of CNCD
Docs .... Aleksi Eeben of CNCD

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Submitted by aeeben on 21 May 2024
8-Bit Show And Tell: "10x Faster Than C64 BASIC? Hare Basic" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG60q4zWRqk
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Submitted by aeeben on 15 May 2024
D64 fixed, download again
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Submitted by apprentix on 14 May 2024
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Submitted by aeeben on 14 May 2024
To celebrate the BASIC (Beginners' All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) turning 60 years old, I'm releasing a big update to my old Bunny Basic from 2019, now called Hare Basic.

Hare Basic is a fast, limited instruction set, integer-only basic interpreter (not a compiler) for Commodore 64 and VIC 20.

Commands: PRINT, INPUT, GET, POKE, SYS, GOTO, CLR, GOSUB, RETURN, IF/THEN, END, FOR/NEXT, LOAD, SAVE, REM, LET, RND (as command), CMD (repurposed for POKE mode)

Functions: AND, OR, PEEK, VAL, LEN, ASC, <, =, >, <>, <=, >=, +, -

Variables: 26 one-letter variables A-Z, 16-bit unsigned integer (not shared with CBM BASIC)

Arithmetics: 16-bit unsigned integer addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, negation

Limited string functions: CHR$, STR$ (repurposed to display strings), POKE12345,"TEXT"

Hare Basic syntax is very similar to CBM BASIC, but there's quite a few restrictions and some critical differences. You should still feel like at home right away, just dive in!

A=USR(10) in CBM BASIC starts running a Hare Basic program starting from line 10.

If you're writing your entire program in Hare Basic, just type A=USR(10):END on the first basic line before line 10. Start writing Hare Basic code from line 10. This way you can start your program normally with a RUN.

Example programs on the disk: 8 balloons, font editor, text on bitmap, calling kernal routines, koala display, play $1000 music, smooth scroller, memory fill benchmark etc.
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