Installing and running Small Basic on a Mac running Lion RRS feed

  • Question

  • Is it possible to install Small Basic on a Mac and create programs?  This is needed for a class project.  Also, can those programs be executed on a Windows PC?
    Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:01 PM


  • Small Basic depends on .Net and I'm afraid that .Net Framework is Windows exclusive.

    There's an open source project called Mono which can run .Net programs, but it lags behind current .Net versions. I guess it can run most .Net v2 programs though.

    But since Small Basic is .Net 3.5 SP1, and uses WPF for the GraphicsWindow, there's a lot for the Mono project to catch up. But they do not intend to be compatible w/ WPF yet.

    Most you can do is install Silverlight plugin and run Small Basic programs from inside a browser. Although many things don't work right w/ this method.  *_*

    Another high hope is the WiNE emulator, which can emulate Windows software + .Net Framework, but still no signs of work on WPF yet.  =(

    Since the technologies above is currently incapable to provide a runnable Small Basic, the only other option left is to go to a full-blown virtual machine emulator.

    They are not as speedy, but nowadays machines are very capable to run OSes as virtual guests inside a host OS.

    Examples of VM emulators are VirtualBox, VM Player, QEMU, etc. So you just need to install a Windows OS inside a virtual HD provided by them, and after that, Small Basic, or any other Windows software you like which is not so processing demanding.

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    Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:36 PM