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SmallBASIC Guide

SmallBASIC (SB) is a simple computer language, featuring a clean interface, strong mathematics and string library. We feel it is an ideal tool for experimenting with simple algorithms, for having fun.

1. Introduction  
2. The language  
4. Commands  
5. System  
6. Graphics & Sound  
7. Miscellaneous  
8. File system  
9. Mathematics  
10. 2D Algebra  
11. Strings  
12. Console  
D. Limits  
A. Interactive Mode  
B. MySQL Module  
C. GDBM Module  
E. Writting Modules  
F. Glossary  
G. GNU Free Documentation License  
H. Command Index  
I. Variable Index  

1. Introduction

1.1 Welcome to SmallBASIC

SmallBASIC (SB) is a simple computer language, featuring a clean interface, strong mathematics and string library. We feel it is an ideal tool for experimenting with simple algorithms, for having fun.

1.1.1 About BASIC

BASIC is a very simple language and it is a perfect tool for calculations or utilities. Its name stands for (B)eginners (A)ll-purpose (S)ymbolic (I)nstruction (C)ode. It was developed by John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz at Dartmouth College during the middle of 1960, and was one of the most popular languages for several decades.

However, at the last decades it was upgraded to survive on the new programming environments. It was modernized and that was hard required.

In the first upgrade, BASIC was transformed to a structured language. As far, as I known, the first structured BASIC was the QuickBASIC (QB), a Microsoft product. Several structured dialects was followed from other companies.

In the second upgrade, BASIC was transformed to an (almost) object-oriented language. As far, as I known, the first OO BASIC was the VisualBASIC (VB), a Microsoft product. In that stage BASIC was become very problematic, since, Microsoft was introduced ObjectPascal and C++ technologies in a language with very different design and purpose of existance!

Anyway, we strongly disagree with the "new" feautures and the way that are implemented in VB. Every language created for specified purposes, BASIC for beginners, C for low-level programming, Prolog for AI, etc. VB it is not object-oriented nor a simple language (anymore), but it is a bad designed mix of other languages.

1.1.2 About SmallBASIC

SmallBASIC was created by Nicholas Christopoulos in May of 2000, to be used as an advanced calculator for his Palm IIIx handheld device. In Jan of 2001, SB moved to the web as an GPL project.

Because SB was designed for that small device (Palm IIIx), and because was small compared to desktop-computer BASICs, it takes the prefix 'Small'.

SB is a structured version of BASIC and includes a lot of new feautures such matrices, algebra functions, powerfull string library, etc. A lot of its feautures does not exists in the most languages, but on the other hand, SB does not supports GUI and other feautures that are common in today languages. Purpose

BASIC is easy to learn and simple to use, and this is the spirit of SB. Instead of other BASIC versions, as VB, our version intent to sucrifice everything in the altar of simplicity.

The world is full of languages, SB does not offers something new, but intents to offer what is lost in our days. A simple tool for easy to write programs, an easy way to do some maths and build some scripts.

Our priorities are to build Cross-platform

Now, SB can run on more platforms than PalmOS, such Linux, DOS, Win32, EBM and VTOS. An mechanism had inserted and porting to different platforms is an easy task. For this reason, SB claims that it is a cross-platform language.

However, SB is based primary on Unix systems. A lot of feautures (for example, Units, C-Modules) does not implemented on other systems yet.

1.2 Useful notes for beginners

1.2.1 What we must already know

Integer Number
A number that does not have a fractional part.

Floating-Point Number
Real Number
Often referred to in mathematical terms as real number, this is just a number that can have a fractional part.

Numeric Constants
Numeric constants may be entered with any number of digits. For extremly large or small numbers, it is usually more convenient to use scientific notation.

In scientific notation, a number is given as a mantissa (a number with one place to the left of the decimal point) times 10 raised to an integer power.

Scientific Notation Examples:
  15    is expressed as 1.5*10^1,  is typed as 1.5E+1
  150   is expressed as 1.5*10^2,  is typed as 1.5E+2
  1500  is expressed as 1.5*10^3,  is typed as 1.5E+3
  1500  is expressed as -1.5*10^3, is typed as -1.5E+3
  0.15  is expressed as 1.5*10^-1, is typed as 1.5E-1

Numeric Expressions
Numeric expressions are constructed from numeric constants, variables, and functions using the arithmetic operators for addition (+), substraction (-), multiplication (*), division (/) and exponentiation (^).

The minus sign (-) can be used either to indicate subtraction or as a unary minus.

The normal hierarchy for evaluating a numeric expression is exponentiation, followed by multiplication and division, and then by addition and subtraction. However, any part of a numeric expression that is enclosed in parenthesis is evaluated first.

In SB more operators are supported. For further reading please see 'Operators' section.

A datum consisting of a sequence of characters, such as `I am a string'.

String Constants
String constants are the texts enclosed in double quotation marks, like this:
  "I am a string constant!"

String Expressions
String expressions are constructed from string variables, string constants, and function references using the operation for concatenation (+) to combine strings.

  x = "HI" + " THERE!"
In this example, the x is equal to "HI THERE!".

Relational Expressions
Relational expressions are most often used in the IF-THEN statement, but may be used anywhere that numeric expressions are allowed. A relational expression has a value of non-zero if it is true and a value of 0 if it is false. Relational operators are performed, from left to right, after all arithmetic operations are completed. The most usual relational operators are:

  Equal to (=),     Not equal to (<>)
  Less than (<),    Less than or equal to (<=)
  Greater than (>), Greater than or equal to (>=)

Boolean Expressions (also known as Logical Expressions)
Named after the English mathematician Boole.

Logical expressions are used usual with relational expressions. The logical operators are AND, OR and NOT. If true, logical expressions are given a value of non-zero. If false, they are given a value of 0.

A logical expression using AND is true if both its left and right clauses are true.

A logical expression using OR is true if either its left or its right, or both, clauses are true.

A logical expression using NOT is true if the following clause it is not true.

A variable is a name which represents a value. Actually the value exists in memory, a variable represent the memory space that holds the value.

A grouping of multiple values under the same variable.

In a language, a keyword is a word that has special meaning. Keywords are reserved and may not be used as variable names.

An important unit of the language

Also, known as build-in procedure


An expression that changes the value of some variable. The value that you can assign to is called an lvalue. The assigned values are called rvalues.

A specialized group of statements used to encapsulate general or program-specific tasks. SB has a number of built-in procedures, and also allows you to define your own.

In older times those groups of statements was called routines. This is why the 'procedures' are called SUB(routines) in BASIC.

A specialized group of statements used to encapsulate general or program-specific tasks. SB has a number of built-in functions, and also allows you to define your own.

The difference between function and procedure is that, function can return a value and can be used inside expressions. Procedure can't do that.

The character generated by hitting the space bar on the keyboard.

The character generated by hitting the TAB key on the keyboard. It usually expands to up to eight or four spaces upon output.

A sequence of space, TAB, vertical tab, from-feed, or newline characters occurring inside an input record or a string.

1.2.2 How to read the syntax

Example #1:
FOO     <- This is keyword
FOO()   <- This is function
foo     <- This is variable/parameter
foo()   <- This is array/parameter
{A|B}   <- This means that you must type A or B
[{A|B}] <- This means that you must use A or B or nothing

Example #2:
FOO a[, x]

This means that you must give the first parameter (a) but you can use the second (x) only if you want to. But if you want to use the (x) you must also separate it from (a) with a comma.

Example #3:
FOO var [{,|;} var2 [...]]

This means that you must use the first parameter. You can also use second parameter but you must separate it with ',' or ';'. You can also repeat the last syntax more times

The following code respects this syntax
FOO a, b
FOO a; b
FOO a, b; c
FOO a, b, c
FOO a; b; c, d; e, f, g

Example #4:
' Syntax: TEST {1|2}

' Syntax: TEST [HI]

1.3 Running SB Interactively

Interactive mode is supported only on console mode (Unix, DOS or Win32 Console). The SmallBASIC is started by typing sbasic. When the SB starts, a prompt appears at which we can run any OS command or starting typing the program.

# sbasic
        Copyright (c) 2000-2003 Nicholas Christopoulos

Type 'HELP' for help; type 'BYE' or press Ctrl+C for exit.



Type the following program, pressing ENTER at the end of each program line.

10 PRINT "Are you ready"
20 PRINT "to learn BASIC?"
30 END

Check the program now to see if there are any typing mistakes. If there are, use up-arrow or down-arrow to find the previously typed lines. Use right-arrow or left-arrow to move inside the line. Fix the problem and press ENTER.

When you are ready to see the program in action, type CLSENTER. The screen will be cleared.

Now, type RUNENTER.

/home/nikosc> run

Are you ready
to learn BASIC?

 * DONE *

Now, type LISTENTER to see your program lines.

/home/nikosc> list
  10: PRINT "Are you ready"
  20: PRINT "to learn BASIC?"
  30: END

This is the simpliest way to run SB, usefull when we want to do some temporary calculations. It is also give us a taste of the old times.

1.4 Running SB

The usual way is type our program to an editor and save that in a file. Typically an SB program file must be terminated with `.sb' or `.bas'. That helps the OS to understand the type of the file.

Create a file with an editor like joe, kate or EDIT. Give to them a name, for example `myprog.sb'. Type some commands like our previous example, save it and exit from the editor. Now, run SB by using the file-name as parameter.

# sbasic -q myprog.sb
Hello, world!

The -q option tells to SB to be quite.

There are also more advanced ways to run a program with SB. For example, type a program that prints out SB commands!


Now, run it by using | (pipe) symbol.

# sbasic -q myprog.sb | sbasic -q

We did something very simple. The first sbasic runs the `myprog.sb', this program prints out the PRINT 3/4 text. The second sbasic was execute the result of the first sbasic which was the code PRINT 3/4.

1.4.1 Unix script executables

In Unices we can create script executables. Those script are working similar to the common executables.

We need only two things.

a) A line at the beginning of our program
#!/usr/bin/sbasic -q

b) And sets the executable attribute of the file
# chmod 0777 myprog.sb

Now we can run it as usual.

# ./myprog.sb
Hello, world!

We can find more on scripts, paths and Unix attributes on Unix manuals.

2. The language

This chapter documents language structure.

2.1 Constants and Variables

However, SmallBASIC uses, internally, 4 data-types

  1. Integer (32bit)
  2. Real (64bit)
  3. String (<32KB on 16bit / 2GB on 32bit)
  4. Array (~2970 elements on 16bit / ~50M elements on 32bit)

Convertions between those types are performed internaly. In anycase there are functions for the user to do it manualy.

2.1.1 Variable names

Variable names can use any alphanumeric characters, extended characters (ASCII codes 128-255 for non-English languages) the symbol '_', and the symbol '$'.

The first character of the name cannot be a digit nor a '$'.

2.1.2 About the dollar-symbol

The symbol '$' is supported for compatibility. Since in SmallBASIC there are no data-types its use is meaningless.

The dollar in function names will be ignored

The dollar in variable names will be count as part of the name (that means v and v$ are two different variables). It can be used only as the last character of the name, and only one allowed.

The dollar in system variables names will be ignore it (that means COMMAND and COMMAND$ is the same)

Example of variable names:

abc, a_c, _bc, ab2c, abc$ -> valid names
1cd, a$b, $abc            -> invalid names

2.1.3 Integers

This is the default data type. You can declare integers in decimal, hexadecimal, octal and binary form.

x = 256   '
x = 0x100 ' Hexadecimal form 1
x = &h100 ' Hexadecimal form 2

x = 0o400 ' Octal form 1 x = &o400 ' Octal form 2
x = 0b111 ' Binary form 1 x = &b111 ' Binary form 2

2.1.4 Reals

Any number which out-bounds the limits or an 'integer' or had decimal digits will be converted automatically to real.

x = .25
x = 1.2

Reals can be also written by using scientific notation. 1E+2 or 1E-+2, 5E--2, 2.6E-0.25, etc

2.1.5 Strings

Strings may be appended to one another using the + operator.

b = "Hello, " + "world!"

2.1.6 Constants

Constant variables can be declared by using the keyword CONST

CONST my_pi = 3.14

2.2 System Variables

System variables, are constant variables for the programmer. Those variables get values or modified at run-time by the SB's subsystem.

Operating System name
Operating System Version (0xAABBCC (A=major, B=minor, C=patch))
SmallBASIC Version (0xAABBCC)
Graphics display, maximum x (width-1)
Graphics display, maximum y (height-1) value
Graphics display: bits per pixel (color resolution)
Video RAM address (only on specific drivers)
Current Working Directory
User's home directory
Command-line parameters
The value 1
The value 0

2.3 Operators

Sorted by priority
( ) Parenthesis
+, - Unary
~ bitwise NOT
NOT or ! Logical NOT (NOT false = true)
^ Exponentiation
*, /, \ Multiplication, Division, Integer Division
% or MOD Reminder (QB compatible: a=int(a), b=int(b), a-b*(a/b))
MDL Modulus (a%b+b*(sgn(a)<>sgn(b)))
+, - Addition/Concatenation, Subtraction
= Equal
<> or != Not Equal
>, < Less Than, Greater Than
=>, =< Less or Equal, Greater or Equal
>=, <= Less or Equal, Greater or Equal
IN belongs to ... (see "The IN operator")
LIKE Regular expression match (see "The LIKE operator")
AND or && Logical AND
OR or || Logical OR
BAND or & bitwise AND
BOR or | bitwise OR
EQV bitwise EQV
IMP bitwise IMP
XOR bitwise XOR
NAND bitwise NAND
NOR bitwise NOR
XNOR bitwise XNOR

2.4 Special Characters

&h or 0x Prefix for hexadecimal constant (0x1F, &h3C)
&o or 0o Prefix for octal constant (0o33, &o33)
&b or 0b Prefix for binary constant (0b1010, &b1110)
[,;] Array definition (function ARRAY()) ($1)
<< Appends to an array (command APPEND) ($1)
++ Increase a value by 1 (x = x + 1) ($1)
-- Decrease a value by 1 (x = x - 1) ($1)
p= Another LET macro (x = x p ...). Where p any character of -+/\*^%&
: Separates commands typed on the same line
& Join code lines (if its the last character of the line). The result line its must not exceed the max. line size.
# Meta-command (if its the first character of the line) or prefix for file handle
@ The 'at' symbol can by used instead of BYREF ($1)
' Remarks

$1 Pseudo operators. These operators are replaced by compiler with a command or an expression.

2.5 The OPTION keyword

Statement: OPTION keyword parameters
This special command is used to pass parameters to the SB-environment. There are two styles for that, the run-time (like BASE) which can change the value at run-time, and the compile-time (like PREDEF) which used only in compile-time and the value cannot be changed on run-time.

2.5.1 Run-Time

Statement: OPTION BASE lower-bound
The OPTION BASE statement sets the lowest allowable subscript of arrays to lower-bound. The default is zero. The OPTION BASE statement can be used in any place in the source code but that is the wrong use of this except if we have a good reason. In most cases the OPTION BASE must declared at first lines of the program before any DIM declaration.

Sets as default matching algorithm to (P)erl-(C)ompatible (R)egular (E)xpressions library or back to simple one. Matching-algorithm is used in LIKE and FILES.

PRCE works only in systems with this library and it must be linked with. Also, there is no extra code on compiler which means that SB compiles the pattern everytime it is used.

2.5.2 Compile-Time

Statement: OPTION PREDEF parameter
Sets parameters of the compiler. Where parameter
Sets the quite flag (-q option)
`COMMAND cmdstr'
Sets the COMMAND$ string to cmdstr (useful for debug reasons)
`GRMODE [widthxheight[xbpp]]'
Sets the graphics mode flag (-g option) or sets the prefered screen resolution. Example: (Clie HiRes)
Sets the text mode flag (-g- option)
Sets as default string style the C-style special character encoding ('\')

2.6 Meta-commands

Macro: #!...
Used by Unix to make source runs as a script executable

Macro: #sec: section-name
Used internally to store the section name. Sections names are used at limited OSes like PalmOS for multiple 32kB source code sections. With a few words DO NOT USE IT!

Macro: #inc: file
Used to include a SmallBASIC source file into the current BASIC code

Macro: #unit-path: path
Used to setup additional directories for searching for unit-files This meta does nothing more than to setting up the environment variable SB_UNIT_PATH. Directories on Unix must separated by ':', and on DOS/Windows by ';'

MyLibProc "Hi"

2.7 Arrays and Matrices

Define a 3x2 matrix

A = [11, 12; 21, 22; 31, 32]

That creates the array

| 11  12 |
| 21  22 | = A
| 31  32 |

The comma used to separate column items; the semi-colon used to separate rows. Values between columns can be omitted.

A = [ ; ; 1, 2 ; 3, 4, 5]

This creates the array

| 0  0  0 |
| 1  2  0 | = A
| 3  4  5 |

Supported operators:


B = [1, 2; 3, 4]: C = [5, 6; 7, 8]

A = B + C
C = A - B




A2 = -A


A = [1, 2; 3, 4]: B = [5 ; 6]
C = A * B
D = 0.8 * A


A = [ 1, -1, 1; 2, -1, 2; 3, 2, -1]


? "Solve this:"
? "  5x - 2y + 3z = -2"
? " -2x + 7y + 5z =  7"
? "  3x + 5y + 6z =  9"
A = [ 5, -2, 3; -2, 7, 5; 3, 5, 6]
B = [ -2; 7; 9]
C = LinEqn(A, B)
? "[x;y;z] = "; C

There is a problem with 1 dimension arrays, because 1-dim arrays does not specify how SmallBASIC must see them.

DIM A(3)

| 1 2 3 | = A


| 1 |
| 2 | = A
| 3 |

And because this is not the same thing. (ex. for multiplication) So the default is columns

DIM A(3) ' or A(1,3)

| 1 2 3 | = A

For vertical arrays you must declare it as 2-dim arrays Nx1

DIM A(3,1)

| 1 |
| 2 | = A
| 3 |

2.8 Nested arrays

Nested arrays are allowed

A = [[1,2] , [3,4]]
B = [1, 2, 3]
C = [4, 5]
B(2) = C
print B

This will be printed

[1, 2, [4, 5], 3]

You can access them by using a second (or third, etc) pair of parenthesis.

B(2)(1) = 16
print B(2)(1)


2.9 The operator IN

IN operator is used to compare if the left-value belongs to right-value.

' Using it with arrays
print 1 in [2,3]        :REM FALSE
print 1 in [1,2]        :REM TRUE
print "b" in ["a", "b", "c"] :REM TRUE
' Using it with strings
print "na" in "abcde"   :REM FALSE
print "cd" in "abcde"   :REM TRUE
' Using it with number (true only if left = right)
print 11 in 21          :REM FALSE
print 11 in 11          :REM TRUE
' special case
' auto-convert integers/reals
print 12 in "234567"    :REM FALSE
print 12 in "341256"    :REM TRUE

2.10 The operator LIKE

LIKE is a regular-expression operator. It is compares the left part of the expression with the pattern (right part). Since the original regular expression code is too big (for handhelds), I use only a subset of it, based on an excellent old stuff by J. Kercheval (match.c, public-domain, 1991). But there is an option to use PCRE (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression library) on systems that is supported (Linux); (see OPTION).

The same code is used for filenames (FILES(), DIRWALK) too.

In the pattern string:
* matches any sequence of characters (zero or more)
? matches any character
[SET] matches any character in the specified set,
[!SET] or [^SET] matches any character not in the specified set.

A set is composed of characters or ranges; a range looks like character hyphen character (as in 0-9 or A-Z). [0-9a-zA-Z_] is the minimal set of characters allowed in the [..] pattern construct.

To suppress the special syntactic significance of any of `[]*?!^-\', and match the character exactly, precede it with a `\'.

? "Hello" LIKE "*[oO]" : REM TRUE
? "Hello" LIKE "He??o" : REM TRUE
? "Hello" LIKE "hello" : REM FALSE
? "Hello" LIKE "[Hh]*" : REM TRUE

2.11 The pseudo-operator <<

This operator can be used to append elements to an array.

A << 1
A << 2
A << 3

? A(1)

2.12 Subroutines and Functions

Syntax of procedure (SUB) statements
SUB name [([BYREF] par1 [, ...[BYREF] parN)]]
  [LOCAL var[, var[, ...]]]

Syntax of function (FUNC) statements
FUNC name[([BYREF] par1 [, ...[BYREF] parN)]]
  [LOCAL var[, var[, ...]]]

On functions you must use the function's name to return the value. That is, the function-name acts like a variable and it is the function's returned value.

The parameters are 'by value' by default. Passing parameters by value means the executor makes a copy of the parameter to stack. The value in caller's code will not be changed.

Use BYREF keyword for passing parameters 'by reference'. Passing parameters by reference means the executor push the pointer of variable into the stack. The value in caller's code will be the changed.

' Passing 'x' by value
SUB F(x)

x=2 F x ? x:REM displays 2

' Passing 'x' by reference

x=2 F x ? x:REM displays 1

You can use the symbol '@' instead of BYREF. There is no difference between @ and BYREF.

SUB F(@x)

On a multi-section (PalmOS) applications sub/funcs needs declaration on the main section.

declare func f(x)

#sec:another section
func f(x)

Use the LOCAL keyword for local variables. LOCAL creates variables (dynamic) at routine's code.

  ? N:REM displays 2

? N:REM displays 1

You can send arrays as parameters.

When using arrays as parameters its better to use them as BYREF; otherwise their data will be duplicated in memory space.

  ? FRE(0)

SUB FBV(tbl)
  ? FRE(0)

DIM dt(128)
? FRE(0)
FBR dt
? FRE(0)
FBV dt
? FRE(0)

Passing & returning arrays, using local arrays.

func fill(a)
  local b, i

  dim b(16)
  for i=0 to 16

DIM v()

2.13 Single-line Functions

There is also an alternative FUNC/DEF syntax (single-line functions). This is actually a macro for compatibility with the BASIC's DEF FN command, but quite usefull.

FUNC name[(par1[,...])] = expression
DEF name[(par1[,...])] = expression

DEF MySin(x) = SIN(x)
? MySin(pi/2)

2.14 Nested procedures and functions

One nice feauture, are the nested procedures/functions. The nested procedures/functions are visible only inside the "parent" procedure/function.

There is no way to access a global procedure with the same name of a local... yet...

FUNC f(x)
    Rem Function: F/F1()
    FUNC f1(x)
        Rem Function: F/F1/F2()
        FUNC f2(x)
        f1 = f2(x)/4
    Rem Function: F/F3()
    FUNC f3
? f1(pi) : REM OK
? f2(pi) : REM ERROR
f = x + f1(pi) + f3 : REM OK

2.15 Units (SB libraries)

* Linux ONLY for now *

Units are a set of procedures, functions and/or variables that can be used by another SB program or SB unit. The main section of the unit (commands out of procedure or function bodies) is the initialization code.

A unit declared by the use of UNIT keyword.


The functions, procedure or variables which we want to be visible to another programs must be declared with the EXPORT keyword.


* Keep file-name and unit-name the same. That helps the SB to automatically recompile the required units when it is needed.

To link a program with a unit we must use the IMPORT keyword.


To access a member of a unit we must use the unit-name, a point and the name of the member.

PRINT MyUnit.MyF(1/1.6)

Full example:

file my_unit.bas:


REM a shared function
    F = x*x

REM a non-shared function
    I = x+x

REM Initialization code
V="I am a shared variable"
L="I am invisible to the application"
PRINT "Unit 'MyUnit' initialized :)"

file my_app.bas:

PRINT MyUnit.F(2)

2.16 The pseudo-operators ++/--/p=

The ++ and -- operators are used to increase or decrease the value of a variable by 1.

x = 4
x ++ : REM x <- x + 1 = 5
x -- : REM x <- x - 1 = 4

The generic p= operators are used as in C Where p any character of -+/\*^%&|

x += 4 : REM x <- x + 4
x *= 4 : REM x <- x * 4

All these pseudo-operators are not allowed inside of expressions

y = x ++ ' ERROR
z = (y+=4)+5 ' ALSO ERROR

2.17 The USE keyword

This keyword is used on specific commands to passing a user-defined expression.


SPLIT s," ",v USE TRIM(x)

In that example, every element of V() will be 'trimmed'.

Use the x variable to specify the parameter of the expression. If the expression needs more parameter, you can use also the names y and z

2.18 The DO keyword

This keyword is used to declare single-line commands. It can be used with WHILE and FOR-family commands.


FOR f IN files("*.txt") DO PRINT f
WHILE i < 4 DO i ++

Also, it can be used by IF command (instead of THEN), but is not suggested.

3. Programming Tips

Programmers must use clean and logical code. Weird code may be faster but it is not good.

3.1 Using LOCAL variables

When a variable is not declared it is by default a global variable. A usual problem is that name may be used again in a function or procedure.

  FOR i=1 TO 6

FOR i=1 TO 10
  PRINT F(i)
In this example, the result is a real mess, because the i of the main loop will always (except the first time) have the value 6!

This problem can be solved if we use the LOCAL keyword to declare the i in the function body.

  FOR i=1 TO 6

FOR i=1 TO 10
  PRINT F(i)

It is good to declare all local variables on the top of the function. For compatibility reasons, the func./proc. variables are not declared as 'local' by default. That it is WRONG but as I said ... compatibility.

3.2 Loops and variables

When we write loops it is much better to initialize the counters on the top of the loop instead of the top of the program or nowhere.

i = 0
  i = i + 1
UNTIL i > 10

Initializing the variables at the top of the loop, can make code better readable, and can protect us from usual pitfalls such as forgeting to giving init value or re-run the loop without reset the variables.

3.3 Loops and expressions

FOR-like commands are evaluate the 'destination' everytime. Also, loops are evaluate the exit-expression everytime too.

FOR i=0 TO LEN(FILES("*.txt"))-1
    PRINT i

In that example the 'destination' is the LEN(FILES("*.txt"))-1 For each value of i the destination will be evaluated. That is WRONG but it is supported by BASIC and many other languages.

So, it is much better to be rewritten as

FOR i=0 TO idest
    PRINT i

Of course, it is much faster too.

4. Commands

Statement: REM comment
Adds explanatory text to a program listing. comment commentary text, ignored by BASIC.

Instead of the keyword we can use the symbol ' or the #. The # can be used as remarks only if its in the first character of the line.


' That text-line is just a few remarks
REM another comment
# one more comment

Statement: LET var = expr
Assigns the value of an expression to a variable. The LET is optional.

A valid variable name.
The value assigned to variable.


LET x = 4
x = 1               ' Without the LET keyword
z = "String data"   ' Assign string
DIM v(4)
z=v                 ' Assign array (z = clone of v)

Statement: CONST name = expr
Declares a constant.

An identifier that follows the rules for naming BASIC variables.
An expression consisting of literals, with or without operators, only.


COSNT G = 6.67259E-11

Statement: DIM var([lower TO] upper [, ...]) [, ...]

The DIM statement reserves space in computer's memory for arrays. The array will have (upper-lower)+1 elements. If the lower is not specified, and the OPTION BASE hasn't used, the arrays are starting from 0.


REM One dimension array of 7 elements, starting from 0
DIM A(6)
REM One dimension array of 6 elements, starting from 1
DIM A(1 TO 6)
REM Three dimension array
DIM A(1 TO 6, 1 TO 4, 1 TO 8)
REM Allocating zero-length arrays:
DIM z()
IF LEN(Z)=0 THE APPEND Z, "The first element"

Statement: LABEL name
Defines a label. A label is a mark at this position of the code.

There are two kinds of labels, the 'numeric' and the 'alphanumeric'.

'Numeric' labels does not needed the keyword LABEL, but 'alphanumeric' does.


1000 ? "Hello"
LABEL AlphaLabel: ? "Hello"
GOTO 1000
GOTO AlphaLabel

Statement: GOTO label
Causes program execution to branch to a specified position (label).

Statement: GOSUB label

Causes program execution to branch to the specified label; when the RETURN command is encountered, execution branches to the command immediately following the most recent GOSUB command.

Statement: RETURN
Execution branches to the command immediately following the most recent GOSUB command.

GOSUB my_routine
PRINT "RETURN sent me here"
LABEL my_routine
PRINT "I am in my routine"

Statement: ON {GOTO|GOSUB} label1 [, ..., labelN]
Causes BASIC to branch to one of a list of labels.

A numeric expression in the range 0 to 255. Upon execution of the ON...GOTO command (or ON...GOSUB), BASIC branches to the nth item in the list of labels that follows the keyword GOTO (or GOSUB).

Statement: FOR counter = start TO end [STEP incr] ... NEXT
Begins the definition of a FOR/NEXT loop.

A numeric variable to be used as the loop counter.
A numeric expression; the starting value of counter.
A numeric expression; the ending value of counter.
A numeric expression; the value by which counter is incremented or decremented with each iteration of the loop. The default value is +1.

BASIC begins processing of the FOR/NEXT block by setting counter equal to start. Then, if 'incr' is positive and counter is not greater than end, the commands between the FOR and the NEXT are executed.

When the NEXT is encountered, counter is increased by 'incr', and the process is repeated. Execution passes to the command following the NEXT if counter is greater than end.

If increment is negative, execution of the FOR/NEXT loop is terminated whenever counter becomes less than end.

FOR/NEXT loops may be nested to any level of complexity, but there must be a NEXT for each FOR.

FOR C=1 TO 9

Statement: FOR element IN array ... NEXT
Begins the definition of a FOR/NEXT loop.

A variable to be used as the copy of the current element.
An array expression

The commands-block will repeated for LEN(array) times. Each time the 'element' will holds the value of the current element of the array.

FOR/NEXT loops may be nested to any level of complexity, but there must be a NEXT for each FOR.

' This is the same with that

Statement: WHILE expr ... WEND

Begins the definition of a WHILE/WEND loop.

An expression

BASIC starts by evaluating expression. If expression is nonzero (true), the next command is executed. If expression is zero (false), control passes to the first command following the next WEND command.

When BASIC encounters the WEND command, it reevaluates the expression parameter to the most recent WHILE. If that parameter is still nonzero (true), the process is repeated; otherwise, execution continues at the next command.

WHILE/WEND loops may be nested to any level of complexity, but there must be a WEND for each WHILE.

' This is the same with that
FOR C=1 TO 9

Statement: REPEAT ... UNTIL expr
Begins the definition of a REPEAT/UNTIL loop.

An expression

BASIC starts executing the commands between the REPEAT and UNTIL commands. When BASIC encounters the UNTIL command, it evaluates the expression parameter. If that parameter is zero (false), the process will be repeated; otherwise, execution continues at the next command.

REPEAT/UNTIL loops may be nested to any level of complexity, but there must be an UNTIL for each REPEAT.

' This is the same with that
FOR C=1 TO 9

Statement: IF ...
IF expression1 [THEN]
    . [commands]
[ [ELSEIF | ELIF] expression2 [THEN]
    . [commands]
    . [commands]
{ ENDIF | FI }

Block-style IF.

Causes BASIC to make a decision based on the value of an expression.

An expression; 0 is equivalent to FALSE, while all other values are equivalent to TRUE.
One or more commands.

Each expression in the IF/ELSEIF construct is tested in order. As soon as an expression is found to be TRUE, then its corresponding commands are executed. If no expressions are TRUE, then the commands following the ELSE keyword are executed. If ELSE is not specified, then execution continues with the command following the ENDIF.

IF, ELSE, ELSEIF, and ENDIF must all be the first keywords on their respective lines.

THEN is optional, but if its defined it must be the last keyword on its line; if anything other than a comment follows on the same line with THEN, BASIC thinks it's reading a single-line IF/THEN/ELSE construct.

IF blocks may be nested.


    PRINT "true"
    PRINT "false"
' Alternate syntax:
IF x=1
    PRINT "true"
    PRINT "false"

Single-line IF.

IF expression THEN [num-label]|[command] [ELSE [num-label]|[command]]

Causes BASIC to make a decision based on the value of an expression.

An expression; 0 is equivalent to FALSE, while all other values are equivalent to TRUE.
Any legal command or a numeric label. If a number is specified, it is equivalent to a GOTO command with the specified numeric-label.

' Single-line IF
IF x=1 THEN PRINT "true" ELSE PRINT "false"
IF x=1 THEN 1000
1000 PRINT "true"

Function: IF (expression, true-value, false-value)
Returns a value based on the value of an expression.

PRINT IF(x<>0,"true","false") : REM prints false

Statement: END [error]
Statement: STOP [error]
Terminates execution of a program, closes all files opened by the program, and returns control to the operating system.

A numeric expression.

The error is the value which will returned to operating system; if its not specified the BASIC will return 0.

DOS/Windows The 'error' value is very well known as ERRORLEVEL value.

Statement: RESTORE label
Specifies the position of the next data to be read.

A valid label.

Command: READ var[, var ...]
Assigns values in DATA items to specified variables.

Any variable.

Unless a RESTORE command is executed, BASIC moves to the next DATA item with each READ assignment. If BASIC runs out of DATA items to READ, an run-time error occurs.


FOR c=1 TO 6
    READ x
    PRINT x
DATA "a,b,c", 2
DATA 3, 4
DATA "fifth", 6

Statement: DATA constant1 [,constant2]...
Stores one or more constants, of any type, for subsequent access via READ command.

DATA commands are nonexecutable statements that supply a stream of data constants for use by READ commands. All the items supplied by all the DATA commands in a program make up one continuous "string" of information that is accessed in order by your program's READ commands.

FOR I=1 TO 3
    READ v
    PRINT v
LABEL MyDataBlock
DATA 1,2,3

Statement: ERASE var[, var[, ... var]]

Any variable.

Deallocates the memory used by the specified arrays or variables. After that these variables turned to simple integers with zero value.

DIM x(100)

Exits a multiline function definition, a loop, or a subprogram. By default (if no parameter is specified) exits from last command block (loop, for-loop or routine).

Exit from the last FOR-NEXT loop
Exit from the last WHILE-WEND or REPEAT-UNTIL loop
Return from the current routine
Return from the current function

Function: LEN (x)
Any variable.

If x is a string, returns the length of the string. If x is an array, returns the number of the elements. If x is an number, returns the length of the STR(x).

Function: EMPTY (x)
Any variable.

If x is a string, returns true if the len(x) is 0. If x is an integer or a real returns true if the x = 0. If x is an array, returns true if x is a zero-length array (array without elements).

Function: ISARRAY (x)
Any variable.

Returns true if the x is an array.

Function: ISNUMBER (x)
Any variable.

Returns true if the x is a number (or it can be converted to a number)

? ISNUMBER(12)          :REM true
? ISNUMBER("12")        :REM true
? ISNUMBER("12E+2")     :REM true
? ISNUMBER("abc")       :REM false
? ISNUMBER("1+2")       :REM false
? ISNUMBER("int(2.4)")  :REM false

Function: ISSTRING (x)
Any variable.

Returns true if the x is a string (and cannot be converted to a number)

? ISSTRING(12)      :REM false
? ISSTRING("12")    :REM false
? ISSTRING("12E+2") :REM false
? ISSTRING("abc")   :REM true
? ISSTRING("1+2")   :REM true

Command: APPEND a, val [, val [, ...]]
An array-variable.
Any value or expression

Inserts the values at the end of the specified array.

Command: INSERT a, idx, val [, val [, ...]]]
An array-variable.
Position in the array.
Any value or expression.

Inserts the values to the specified array at the position idx.

Command: DELETE a, idx [, count]
An array-variable.
Position in the array.
The number of the elements to be deleted.

Deletes 'count' elements at position 'idx' of array A

5. System

Function: FRE (x)
Returns system information

Where x:

0 free memory
-1 largest block of integers
-2 free stack
-3 largest free block

Our standard (it is optional for now):
-10 total physical memory
-11 used physical memory
-12 free physical memory

Optional-set #1:
-13 shared memory size
-14 buffers
-15 cached
-16 total virtual memory size
-17 used virtual memory
-18 free virtual memory

Optional-set #2:
-40 battery voltage * 1000
-41 battery percent
-42 critical voltage value (*1000)
-43 warning voltage value (*1000)

The optional values will returns 0 if are not supported.

Command: RTE [info [, ...]]
Creates a Run-Time-Error. The parameters will be displayed on error-line.

Function: TICKS
Returns the system-ticks. The tick value is depended on operating system.

Returns the number of ticks per second

Function: TIMER
Returns the number of seconds from midnight

Function: TIME
Returns the current time as string "HH:MM:SS"

Command: TIMEHMS hms | timer, BYREF h, BYREF m, BYREF s
Converts a time-value to hours, minutes and seconds integer values

Function: DATE
Returns the current day as string "DD/MM/YYYY"

Function: JULIAN (dmy | (d,m,y))
Returns the Julian date. (dates must be greater than 1/1/100 AD)

PRINT Julian(31, 12, 2001)

Command: DATEDMY dmy | julian_date, BYREF d, BYREF m, BYREF y
Returns the day, month and the year as integers.

Function: WEEKDAY (dmy | (d,m,y) | julian_date)
Returns the day of the week (0 = Sunday)

PRINT WeekDay(Julian(31, 12, 2001))
PRINT WeekDay(31, 12, 2001)

Function: DATEFMT (format, dmy | (d,m,y) | julian_date)
Returns formated date string

D one or two digits of Day
DD 2-digit day
DDD 3-char day name
DDDD full day name
M 1 or 2 digits of month
MM 2-digit month
MMM 3-char month name
MMMM full month name
YY 2-digit year (2K)
YYYY 4-digit year

PRINT DATEFMT("ddd dd, mm/yy", "23/11/2001")
REM prints "Fri 23, 11/01"

Command: DELAY ms
Delay for a specified amount of milliseconds. This 'delay' is also depended to system clock.

Command: SORT array [USE cmpfunc]
Sorts an array.

The cmpfunc (if its specified) it takes 2 vars to compare. cmpfunc must returns

-1 if x < y, +1 if x > y, 0 if x = y

FUNC qscmp(x,y)
IF x=y
ELIF x>y
DIM A(5)
FOR i=0 TO 5
SORT A USE qscmp(x,y)

Command: SEARCH A, key, BYREF ridx [USE cmpfunc]
Scans an array for the key. If key is not found the SEARCH command returns (in ridx) the value (LBOUND(A)-1). In default-base arrays that means -1.

The cmpfunc (if its specified) it takes 2 vars to compare. It must return 0 if x = y; non-zero if x <> y

FUNC cmp(x,y)
DIM A(5)
FOR i=0 TO 5
SEARCH A, 4, r USE cmp(x,y)
PRINT r:REM prints 1
PRINT A(r): REM prints 4

Command: CHAIN file
Transfers control to another SmallBASIC program.

file - A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions; The file must be a SmallBASIC source code file.


Command: EXEC file
Transfers control to another program

This routine works like CHAIN with the exception the file can be any executable file.

EXEC never returns

Command: ENVIRON "expr"
Command: ENV "expr"
Adds a variable to or deletes a variable from the current environment variable-table.

A string expression of the form "name=parameter"

If name already exists in the environment table, its current setting is replaced with the new setting. If name does not exist, the new variable is added.

PalmOS SB emulates environment variables.

Function: ENV ("var")
Function: ENVIRON ("var")
Returns the value of a specified entry in the current environment table. If the parameter is empty ("") then returns an array of the envirment variables (in var=value form)

A string expression of the form "var"

PalmOS SB emulates environment variables.

Command: RUN cmdstr
Loads a secondary copy of system's shell and, executes an program, or an shell command.

Shell's specific command string

After the specified shell command or program terminates, control is returned to the line following the RUN command.

PalmOS The 'cmdstr' is the Creator-ID.
PalmOS The RUN never returns.

Function: RUN ("command")
RUN() is the function version of the RUN command. The difference is that, the RUN() returns a string with the output of the 'command' as an array of strings (each text-line is one element).

PalmOS The RUN() does not supported.
Windows The stdout and stderr are separated! First is the stdout output and following the stderr.

Command: TRON
Command: TROFF
TRACE ON/OFF. When trace mechanism is ON, the SB displays each line number as the program is executed

Command: LOGPRINT ...
PRINT to SB's logfile. The syntax is the same with the PRINT command.

Function: MALLOC (size)
Function: BALLOC (size)
Allocates a memory block.

* The variable can be freed by using ERASE.

Function: VADR (var)
Returns the memory address of the variable's data.

Function: PEEK[{16|32}] (addr)
Returns the byte, word or dword at a specified memory address.

Command: POKE[{16|32}] addr, value
Writes a specified byte, word or dword at a specified memory address.

Command: USRCALL addr
Transfers control to an assembly language subroutine.

The USRCALL is equal to:
void (*f)(void);
f = (void (*)(void)) addr;

Command: BCOPY src_addr, dst_addr, length
Copies a memory block from 'src_addr' to 'dst_addr'

Command: BLOAD filename[, address]
Loads a specified memory image file into memory.

Command: BSAVE filename, address, length
Copies a specified portion of memory to a specified file.

Command: STKDUMP
Displays the SB's internal executor's stack

* For debug purposes; it is not supported on "limited" OSes.

6. Graphics & Sound

The SB's Graphics commands are working only with integers. (Of course, 2D algebra commands are working with reals) That is different of QB, but its much faster.

6.1 The colors

0 = black, 15 = white
2bit (4 colors)
0 = black, 15 = white, 1-6, 8 = dark-gray, 7, 9-14 = light-gray
4bit (16 colors)
16 Standard VGA colors, 16 colors of gray (on PalmOS)
8bit (256 paletted colors)
16 Standard VGA colors. The rest colors are ignored.
15bit (32K colors), 16bit (64K colors) and 24bit (1.7M colors)
Color 0..15 is the standard VGA colors, full 24-bit RGB colors can be passed by using negative number.

6.2 The points

Any point can be specified by an array of 2 elements or by 2 parameters

LINE x1, y1, x2, y2
LINE [x1, y1], [x2, y2]

Also, the polylines can work with the same way.

DIM poly(10)
poly[0] = [x, y]

6.3 The STEP keyword

The STEP keyword calculates the next x,y parameters relative to current position. That position can be returned by using the POINT(0) and POINT(1) functions.

6.4 The 'aspect' parameter

The x/y factor.

6.5 The FILLED keyword

The FILLED keyword fills the result of the command with the drawing color.

6.6 Graphics Commands

Command: ARC [STEP] x,y,r,astart,aend [,aspect [,color]] [COLOR color]
Draws an arc. astart,aend = first,last angle in radians.

Command: CHART {LINECHART|BARCHART}, array() [, type [, x1, y1, x2, y2]]
Draws a chart of array values in the rectangular area x1,y1,x2,y2

Where 'type':
0 simple
1 with marks
2 with ruler
3 with marks & ruler

Command: PLOT xmin, xmax USE f(x)
Graph of f(x)


Command: CIRCLE [STEP] x,y,r [,aspect [, color]] [COLOR color] [FILLED]
the circle's center
the radius

Draws a circle (or an ellipse if the aspect is specified).

Command: COLOR foreground-color [, background-color]
Specifies the foreground and background colors

Command: DRAWPOLY array [,x-origin,y-origin [, scalef [, color]]] [COLOR color] [FILLED]
Draws a polyline

If the array does not uses points as element arrays, then even elements for x (starting from 0), odd elements for y

Command: DRAW string
Draws an object according to instructions specified as a string.

string - A string expression containing commands in the BASIC graphics definition language.

Graphics Definition Language

In the movement instructions below, n specifies a distance to move. The number of pixels moved is equal to n multiplied by the current scaling factor, which is set by the S command.
Un Move up.
Dn Move down.
Ln Move left.
Rn Move right.
En Move diagonally up and right.
Fn Move diagonally down and right.
Gn Move diagonally down and left.
Hn Move diagonally up and left.
Mx,y Move to coordinate x,y. If x is preceded by a + or -, the movement is relative to the last point referenced.
B A prefix command. Next movement command moves but doesn't plot.
N A prefix command. Next movement command moves, but returns immediately to previous point.

* This command it is had not tested - please report any bug or incompatibility.

Command: LINE [STEP] x,y [{,|STEP} x2,y2] [, color | COLOR color]
Draws a line

Command: PSET [STEP] x,y [, color | COLOR color]
Draw a pixel

Command: RECT [STEP] x,y [{,|STEP} x2,y2] [, color | COLOR color] [FILLED]
Draws a rectangular parallelogram

Function: TXTW (s)
Function: TEXTWIDTH (s)
Returns the text width of string s in pixels

Function: TXTH (s)
Function: TEXTHEIGHT (s)
Returns the text height of string s in pixels

Function: XPOS
Function: YPOS
Returns the current position of the cursor in "characters".

Function: POINT (x [, y])
Returns the color of the pixel at x,y

if y does not specified x contains the info-code
0 = returns the current X graphics position
1 = returns the current Y graphics position

Command: PAINT [STEP] x, y [,color [,border]]
Fills an enclosed area on the graphics screen with a specific color.
Screen coordinate (column, row) within the area that is to be filled.
The fill-color
The boundary-color

if the border-color is specified then the PAINT will fill all the area which is specified by the border-color. (fill-until, color!=point(x,y)

if the border-color is NOT specified then the PAINT will fill all the are with the same color as the pixel at x,y. (fill-while, color=point(x,y))

Command: VIEW [x1,y1,x2,y2 [,color [,border-color]]]
Defines a viewport.
Corner coordinates of the viewport.
If included, BASIC fills the viewport with the specified color.
If included, BASIC draws a border, in a specified color, around the defined viewport.

The viewport defined by VIEW is disabled by a VIEW command with no parameters.

Command: WINDOW [x1,y1,x2,y2]
Specifies "world" coordinates for the screen.
The corner coordinates of the world space.

The WINDOW command allows you to redefine the corners of the display screen as a pair of "world" coordinates.

The world space defined by WINDOW is disabled by a WINDOW command with no parameters.

Function: RGB (r, g, b)
The RGB functions returns the RGB color codes for the specified values The RGB() takes values 0..255 for each of the color.

The return value is a negative 24bit value to by used by drawing functions.

Function: RGBF (r, g, b)
The RGBF functions returns the RGB color codes for the specified values The RGBF() takes values 0..1 for each of the color.

The return value is a negative 24bit value to by used by drawing functions.

Command: BEEP
Generates a beep sound

Command: PLAY string
Play musical notes

Play note A..G, +|# is sharp, - is flat, . is multiplier 1.5
Octave 0..6, < moves down one octave, > moves up one octave
Play note 0..84 (0 = pause)
Pause 1..64
Length of note 1..64 (1/nnn)
Tempo 32..255. Number of 1/4 notes per minute.
Staccato (1/2)
Normal (3/4)
Volume 0..100
Play on foreground
Play on background
Clear sound queue

Command: SOUND freq, dur_ms [, vol] [BG]
Plays a sound

The frequency
The duration in milliseconds
The volume in 1/100 units
Play it in background

Command: NOSOUND
Stops background sound. Also, clears the sound queue.

7. Miscellaneous

Command: RANDOMIZE [int]
Seeds the random number generator

Function: RND
Returns a random number from the range 0 to 1

Function: UBOUND (array [, dim])
Returns the upper bound of the 'array'

Function: LBOUND (array [, dim])
Returns the lower bound of the 'array'

The parameter 'dim' is the array dimension whose bound is returned

DIM v1(-4 TO 7)
DIM v2(1 TO 2, 3 TO 4)

Function: CINT (x)
Converts x to 32b integer Meaningless. Used for compatibility.

Function: CREAL (x)
Convert x to 64b real number. Meaningless. Used for compatibility.

Function: CDBL (x)
Convert x to 64b real number. Meaningless. Used for compatibility.

Command: PEN ON|OFF
Enables/Disables the PEN/MOUSE mechanism.

Function: PEN (0..14)
Returns the PEN/MOUSE data.


true (non zero) if there is a new pen or mouse event
PEN: last pen down x; MOUSE: last mouse button down x
Same as 1 for y
true if the PEN is down; MOUSE: mouse left button is pressed
PEN: last/current x, MOUSE: the current x position only if the left mouse button is pressed (like PEN is down)
Same as PEN(4) for y

Mouse specific (non PalmOS):

current mouse x pos
current mouse y pos
true if the left mouse button is pressed
true if the right mouse button is pressed
true if the middle mouse button is pressed

* The driver must be enabled before use this function (see Pen command)

Command: PAUSE [secs]
Pauses the execution for a specified length of time, or until user hit the keyboard.

Command: SWAP a, b
Exchanges the values of two variables. The parameters may be variables of any type.

8. File system

8.1 Special Device Names

Serial port 1
Serial port 2
Compressed PDOC files for PalmOS or PDB/PDOC files on other systems. PDOCFS opens and uncompress the file on OPEN; and compress the file on CLOSE. So, it will use a lot of memory and time (its depended on size of the data).
MemoDB of PalmOS or regular file on other systems. Memo records (virtual files) are limited to 3935 bytes
Socket client. Actually a telnet client.
eBookMan only. Opens an MMC file.

Example: OPEN "COM1:" AS #1
OPEN "COM2:38400" AS #2

8.2 File System Commands

Function: FREEFILE
Returns an unused file handle

Command: OPEN file [FOR {INPUT|OUTPUT|APPEND}] AS #fileN
Makes a file or device available for sequential input, sequential output.

A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.
A file-handle (integer 1 to 256).
INPUT Sequential input
OUTPUT Sequential output
APPEND Sequential output, beginning at current EOF

The files are always opened as shared.

Command: CLOSE #fileN
Close a file or device

Command: TLOAD file, BYREF var [, type]
Loads a text file into array variable. Each text-line is an array element.
A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.
Any variable
0 = load into array (default), 1 = load into string

Command: TSAVE file, var
Writes an array to a text file. Each array element is a text-line.
A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.
An array variable or a string variable. Expressions are not allowed for memory reasons.

Function: EXIST (file)
Returns true if the file exists

A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.

Function: ACCESS (file)
Returns the access rights of the file.

A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.

The return-value is the permissions of the file as them as specified on GNU's manual (chmod() and stat() system calls)

The bits (in octal):
04000 set user ID on execution
02000 set group ID on execution
01000 sticky bit
00400 read by owner
00200 write by owner
00100 execute/search by owner
00040 read by group
00020 write by group
00010 execute/search by group
00004 read by others
00002 write by others
00001 execute/search by others

PalmOS The return value is always 0777.
DOS The return value is depended on DJGPP's stat() function. Possible Unix compatible.
Windows The return value is depended on Cygnus's stat() function. Possible Unix compatible.

IF ACCESS("/bin/sh") AND 0o4 THEN
    PRINT "I can read it!"

Function: ISFILE (file)
Returns true if the file is a regular file.

Function: ISDIR (file)
Returns true if the file is a directory.

Function: ISLINK (file)
Returns true if the file is a link.

Command: CHMOD file, mode
Change permissions of a file

A string expression that follows OS file naming conventions.
The mode is compatible with the chmod()'s 'mode' parameter as its described on GNU's manual. See ACCESS() for more information.

' Make myfile available to anyone (read/write)
CHMOD "myfile.bas", 0o666
' Make myfile available to anyone (execute/read/write)
CHMOD "myfile.bas", 0o777

Function: EOF (fileN)
Returns true if the file pointer is at end of the file. For COMx and SOCL VFS it returns true if the connection is broken.

Command: PRINT# fileN, [USING...] ...
Write string to a file. The syntax is the same with the PRINT command.

* We can use 'USG' instead of 'USING'.

Command: LINPUT# [fileN{,|;}] var
Command: LINEINPUT# [#fileN{,|;}] var
Command: LINE INPUT# [fileN{,|;}] var
Reads a whole text line from file or console.

Function: INPUT (len [, fileN])
This function is similar to INPUT. Reads 'len' bytes from file or console (if fileN is omitted). This function is a low-level function. That means does not convert the data, and does not remove the spaces.

Command: INPUT# fileN; var1 [,delim] [, var2 [,delim]] ...
Reads data from file

Function: BGETC (fileN)
(Binary mode) Reads and returns a byte from file or device.

Command: BPUTC# fileN; byte
(Binary mode) Writes a byte on file or device

Command: SEEK# fileN; pos
Sets file position for the next read/write

Function: SEEK (fileN)
Returns the current file position

Function: LOF (fileN)
Returns the length of file in bytes. For other devices, it returns the number of available data.

Command: KILL "file"
Deletes the specified file

Command: WRITE# fileN; var1 [, ...]
Command: READ# fileN; var1 [, ...]
The READ/WRITE command set is used to store variables to a file as binary data.

The common problem with INPUT/PRINT set is there are many conflicts with data.

PRINT #1; "Hello, world"

You have wrote only one string and you want read it in one variable, but this is impossible for INPUT command to understand it, because INPUT finds the separator comma, so it thinks there are two variables not one.

So, now, you can store arrays, strings etc and what is you write is what you will read the next time.

BTW its faster too.

* The parameters can be variables ONLY.
* Its very bad idea to mixed READ/WRITE commands with INPUT/PRINT commands in the same file.

Command: COPY "file", "newfile"
Makes a copy of specified file to the 'newfile'

Command: RENAME "file", "newname"
Renames the specified file

Command: MKDIR dir
Create a directory. This does not working on PalmOS.

Command: CHDIR dir
Changes the current working directory. This does not working on PalmOS.

Command: RMDIR dir
Removes a directory. This does not working on PalmOS.

Command: DIRWALK directory [, wildcards] [USE ...]
Walk through the directories. The user-defined function must returns zero to stop the process.

    ? x

PalmOS Not supported.

Function: FILES (wildcards)
Returns an array with the filenames. If there is no files returns an empty array.

? FILES("*")

PalmOS Returns only the user-files.
* To use file on MEMO or PDOC or any other virtual file system you must use FILES("VFSx:*")


9. Mathematics

All angles are in radians.

Function: ABS (x)
Returns the absolute value of x.

Function: MAX (...)
Function: ABSMAX (...)
Function: MIN (...)
Function: ABSMIN (...)
Maximum/Minimum value of parameters. Parameters can be anything (arrays, ints, reals, strings). ABSMIN/ABSMAX returns the absolute min/max value.

? MAX(3,4,8)
? MIN(array(),2,3)
? MAX("abc","def")

Function: SEQ (xmin, xmax, count)
Returns an array with 'count' elements. Each element had the x value of its position.

? SEQ(0,1,11)

Command: EXPRSEQ BYREF array, xmin, xmax, count USE expression
Returns an array with 'count' elements. Each element had the 'y' value of its position as it is returned by the expression.

REM same as v=SEQ(0,1,11)
EXPRSEQ v, 0, 1, 11 USE x

Function: POW (x, y)
x raised to power of y

Function: SQR (x)
Square root of x

Function: SGN (x)
Sign of x (+1 for positive, -1 for negative and 0 for zero)

9.1 Unit convertion

Function: DEG (x)
Radians to degrees

Function: RAD (x)
Degrees to radians

9.2 Round

Function: INT (x)
Rounds x downwards to the nearest integer

Function: FIX (x)
Rounds x upwards to the nearest integer

Function: FLOOR (x)
Largest integer value not greater than x

Function: CEIL (x)
Smallest integral value not less than x

Function: FRAC (x)
Fractional part of x

Function: ROUND (x [, decs])
Rounds the x to the nearest integer or number with 'decs' decimal digits.

9.3 Trigonometry

Function: COS (x)

Function: SIN (x)

Function: TAN (x)

Function: ACOS (x)
Inverse cosine

Function: ASIN (x)
Inverse sine

Function: ATAN (x)
Function: ATN (x)
Inverse tangent

Function: ATAN2 (x, y)
Inverse tangent (x,y)

Function: COSH (x)

Function: SINH (x)

Function: TANH (x)

Function: ACOSH (x)

Function: ASINH (x)

Function: ATANH (x)

Function: SEC (x)

Function: CSC (x)

Function: COT (x)

Function: ASEC (x)
Inverse secant

Function: ACSC (x)
Inverse cosecant

Function: ACOT (x)
Inverse cotangent

Function: SECH (x)

Function: CSCH (x)

Function: COTH (x)

Function: ASECH (x)

Function: ACSCH (x)

Function: ACOTH (x)

9.4 Logarithms

Function: EXP (x)
Returns the value of e raised to the power of x.

Function: LOG (x)
Returns the natural logarithm of x.

Function: LOG10 (x)
Returns the base-10 logarithm of x.

9.5 Statistics

Sample standard deviation: SQR(STATSPREADS(array)) Population standard deviation: SQR(STATSPREADP(array))

Function: SUM (...)
Sum of value

Function: SUMSQ (...)
Sum of square value

Function: STATMEAN (...)
Arithmetical mean

Function: STATMEANDEV (...)
Mean deviation

Function: STATSPREADS (...)
Sample spread

Function: STATSPREADP (...)
Population spread

9.6 Equations

Function: LINEQN (a, b [, toler])
Returns an array with the values of the unknowns. This function solves equations by using the Gauss-Jordan method.

tolerance number. (the absolute value of the lowest acceptable number) default = 0 = none...

|x| <= toler : x = 0

* The result is a matrix Nx1. For the SB that array is two-dimension array.

Function: INVERSE (A)
returns the inverse matrix of A.

Function: DETERM (A[, toler])
Determinant of A

toler = tolerance number (the absolute value of the lowest acceptable number) default = 0 = none

|x| <= toler : x = 0

Command: ROOT low, high, segs, maxerr, BYREF result, BYREF errcode USE expr
Roots of F(x)

the lower limit
the upper limit
the number of segments (spaces)
tolerance (IF ABS(F(x)) < maxerr THEN OK)
0 for success; otherwise calculation error
the result

 F = SIN(x)
ROOT 1, 5, 500, 0.00001, result, errcode USE F(x)

Command: DERIV x, maxtries, maxerr, BYREF result, BYREF errcode USE expr
Calculation of derivative

value of x
maximum number of retries
0 for success; otherwise calculation error
the result

Command: DIFFEQN x0, y0, xf, maxseg, maxerr, BYREF yf, BYREF errcode USE expr
Differential equation - Runge-Kutta method

initial x,y
x final
maximum number of segments on x
tolerance (acceptable error between the last 2 times)
0 for success; otherwise calculation error
the result

10. 2D Algebra

Function: SEGCOS (Ax,Ay,Bx,By,Cx,Cy,Dx,Dy)
Function: SEGSIN (Ax,Ay,Bx,By,Cx,Cy,Dx,Dy)
Sinus or cosine of 2 line segments (A->B, C->D).

Function: PTDISTSEG (Bx,By,Cx,Cy,Ax,Ay)
Distance of point A from line segment B-C

Function: PTDISTLN (Bx,By,Cx,Cy,Ax,Ay)
Distance of point A from line B, C

Function: PTSIGN (Ax,Ay,Bx,By,Qx,Qy)
The sign of point Q from line segment A->B

Function: SEGLEN (Ax,Ay,Bx,By)
Length of line segment

Function: POLYAREA (poly)
Returns the area of the polyline poly.

Command: POLYEXT poly(), BYREF xmin, BYREF ymin, BYREF xmax, BYREF ymax
Returns the polyline's extents

Command: INTERSECT Ax, Ay, Bx, By, Cx, Cy, Dx, Dy, BYREF type, BYREF Rx, BYREF Ry
Calculates the intersection of the two line segments A-B and C-D

Returns: Rx,Ry = cross

type = cross-type

No cross (R = external cross)
One cross
Parallel (many crosses)
The cross is one of the line segments edges.

10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations

2D & 3D graphics transformations can represented as matrices.

(c=cosč, s=sinč)

Command: M3IDENT BYREF m3x3
Resets matrix (Identity)

|  1  0  0 |
|  0  1  0 |
|  0  0  1 |

Command: M3ROTATE BYREF m3x3, angle [, x, y]
Rotate by angle with center x,y

|  c  s  0 |
| -s  c  0 |
|  *  *  1 |

Command: M3SCALE BYREF m3x3, x, y, Sx, Sy

| Sx  0  0 |
|  0 Sy  0 |
|  *  *  1 |

Command: M3TRANS BYREF m3x3, Tx, Ty

|  1  0  0 |
|  0  1  0 |
| Tx Ty  1 |

Command: M3APPLY m3x3, BYREF poly
Apply matrice to poly-line

Additional information:

|  1  0  0 |
|  0 -1  0 | = reflection on x
|  0  0  1 |

| -1  0  0 |
|  0  1  0 | = reflection on y
|  0  0  1 |

3D-Graphics Matrices:

|  1  0  0 Tx |
|  0  1  0 Ty | = translation
|  0  0  1 Tz |
|  0  0  0  1 |

| Sx  0  0  0 |
|  0 Sy  0  0 | = scaling
|  0  0 Sz  0 |
|  0  0  0  1 |

|  1  0  0  0 |
|  0  c -s  0 | = rotation on x
|  0  s  c  0 |
|  0  0  0  1 |

|  c  0  s  0 |
|  0  1  0  0 | = rotation on y
| -s  0  c  0 |
|  0  0  0  1 |

|  c -s  0  0 |
|  s  c  0  0 | = rotation on z
|  0  0  1  0 |
|  0  0  0  1 |

Any change to matrix will combined with its previous value.

DIM poly(24)
DIM M(2,2)
M3ROTATE M, pi/2, 0, 0
M3SCALE M, 0, 0, 1.24, 1.24
' Draw the original polyline
' Draw the polyline
' rotated by pi/2 from 0,0 and scaled by 1.24
M3APPLY M, poly

11. Strings

Function: SPC (n)
Function: SPACE (n)
returns a string of 'n' spaces

Function: BIN (x)
Returns the binary value of x as string.

Function: OCT (x)
Returns the octal value of x as string.

Function: HEX (x)
Returns the hexadecimal value of x as string.

Function: VAL (s)
Returns the numeric value of string s.

Function: STR (x)
Returns the string value of x.

Function: CBS (s)
Function: BCS (s)
CBS() - converts (C)-style strings to (B)ASIC-style (S)trings

BCS() - converts (B)ASIC-style strings to (C)-style (S)trings

C-Style string means strings with \ codes

* On CBS() we cannot use the \" character but we can replace it with \x22 or \042.

Function: ASC (s)
Returns the ASCII code of first character of the string s.

Function: CHR (x)
Returns one-char string of character with ASCII code x.

Function: LOWER (s)
Function: LCASE (s)
Function: UPPER (s)
Function: UCASE (s)
Converts the string s to lower/upper case

? LOWER("Hi"):REM hi

Function: LTRIM (s)
Removes leading white-spaces from string s

? LEN(LTRIM("  Hi")):REM 2

Function: RTRIM (s)
Removes trailing white-spaces from string s

Function: TRIM (s)
Removes leading and trailing white-spaces from string s. TRIM is equal to LTRIM(RTRIM(s))

Function: SQUEEZE (s)
Removes the leading/trailing and duplicated white-spaces

? "["; SQUEEZE(" Hi  there "); "]"
' Result: [Hi there]

Function: ENCLOSE (str[, pair])
Encloses a string. The default pair is ""

? enclose("abc", "()")
' Result: (abc)

Function: DISCLOSE (str[, pairs [, ignore-pairs]])
Discloses a string.

Default pairs and ignore pairs

non white-space
character           Check   Ignore
"                   ""      ''
'                   ''      ""
(                   ()      ""''
[                   []      ""''
{                   {}      ""''
<                   <>      ""''

Otherwise: " "" ''

s = "abc (abc)"
? s; tab(26); disclose(s, "()")
' prints abc
s = "abc (a(bc))"
? s; tab(26); disclose(s, "()"); tab(40); disclose(disclose(s, "()"), "()")
' prints a(bc), bc
s = "abc (a='(bc)')"
? s; tab(26); disclose(s, "()", "''"); tab(40); &
    disclose(disclose(s, "()", "''"), "()", "''")
' prints a='(bc)', nothing

Function: LEFT (s [,n])
Function: RIGHT (s[,n])
Returns the n number of leftmost/rightmost chars of string s If n is not specified, the SB uses 1

Function: LEFTOF (s1, s2)
Function: RIGHTOF (s1, s2)
Returns the left/right part of s1 at the position of the first occurrence of the string s2 into string s1

* s2 does not included on new string.

Function: LEFTOFLAST (s1, s2)
Function: RIGHTOFLAST (s1, s2)
Returns the left/right part of s1 at the position of the last occurrence of the string s2 into string s1

* s2 does not included on new string.

Function: MID (s, start [,length])
Returns the part (length) of the string s starting from 'start' position

If the 'length' parameter is omitted, MID returns the whole string from the position 'start'.

Function: INSTR ([start,] s1, s2)
Returns the position of the first occurrence of the string s2 into string s1 (starting from the position 'start')

If there is no match, INSTR returns 0

Function: RINSTR ([start,] s1, s2)
Returns the position of the last occurrence of the string s2 into string s1 (starting from the position 'start')

If there is no match, RINSTR returns 0

Function: REPLACE (source, pos, str [, len])
Writes the 'str' into 'pos' of 'source' and returns the new string.

This function replaces only 'len' characters. The default value of 'len' is the length of 'str'.

' Cut
? replace(s,3,"",len(s))
' Replace
? replace(s,2,"bcd")
' Insert
? replace(s,3,"cde",0)
' Replace & insert
? replace(s,2,"RRI",2)

Function: TRANSLATE (source, what [, with])
Translates all occurrences of the string 'what' found in the 'source' with the string 'with' and returns the new string.

? Translate("Hello world", "o", "O")
' displays: HellO wOrld

Function: CHOP (source)
Chops off the last character of the string 'source' and returns the result.

Function: STRING (len, {ascii|str})
Returns a string containing 'len' times of string 'str' or the character 'ascii'.

Function: FORMAT (format, val)
Returns a formated string.


Digit or space
Digit or zero
Stores a number in exponential format. Unlike QB's USING format this is a place-holder like the #.
The position of the decimal point.
Stores minus if the number is negative.
Stores the sign of the number.


Stores a string expression without reformatting it.
Stores only the first character of a string expression.
\ \
Stores only the first n + 2 characters of a string expression, where n is the number of spaces between the two backslashes. Unlike QB, there can be literals inside the \ \. These literals are inserted in the final string.

? FORMAT("#,##0", 1920.6) : REM prints 1,921
? FORMAT("\  - \", "abcde") : REM prints "abc-de"

Command: SPRINT var; [USING...;] ...
Create formated string and storing it to var The syntax is the same with the PRINT command.

SPRINT s; 12.34; TAB(12); 11.23;

* You can use 'USG' instead of 'USING'.

Command: SINPUT src; var [, delim] [,var [, delim]] ...
Splits the string 'src' into variables which are separated by delimiters.

SINPUT "if x>1 then y"; vif, " ", vcond, "then", vdo
? vcond, vdo
' result in monitor
' x>1   y

Command: SPLIT string, delimiters, words() [, pairs] [USE expr]
Returns the words of the specified string into array 'words'

SPLIT s, "/.", v()
  PRINT i;" [";v(i);"]"
0 []
1 [etc]
2 [temp]
3 [filename]
4 [ext]

Command: JOIN words(), delimiters, string
Returns the words of the specified string into array 'words'

SPLIT s, "/.", v()
JOIN v(), "/", s
PRINT "[";s;"]"

12. Console

12.1 Supported console codes

* \e = CHR(27)

\t tab (32 pixels)
\a beep
\r\n new line (cr/lf)
\xC clear screen
\e[K clear to EOL
\e[nG moves cursor to specified column
\e[0m reset all attributes to their defaults
\e[1m set bold on
\e[4m set underline on
\e[7m reverse video
\e[21m set bold off
\e[24m set underline off
\e[27m set reverse off
\e[3nm set foreground
color. where n:
0 black
1 red
2 green
3 brown
4 blue
5 magenta
6 cyan
7 white
\e[4nm set background color.
(see set foreground)

PalmOS only:
\e[8nm (n=0..7) select system font
\e[9nm (n=0..3) select buildin font

eBookMan only:
\e[50m select 9pt font
\e[51m select 12pt font
\e[52m select 16pt font
\e[nT move to n/80th screen character position

12.2 Console Commands

Command: PRINT [USING [format];] [expr|str [{,|;} [expr|str]] ...
Displays a text or the value of an expression.

TAB(n) Moves cursor position to the nth column.
SPC(n) Prints a number of spaces specified by n.
; Carriage return/line feed suppressed after printing.
, Carriage return/line feed suppressed after printing.
A TAB character is placed.


Print USING, is using the FORMAT() to display numbers and strings. Unlike the FORMAT, this one can include literals, too.

_ Print next character as a literal. The combination _#, for
example, allows you to include a number sign as a literal
in your numeric format.
[other] Characters other than the foregoing may be included as
literals in the format string.

* When a PRINT USING command is executed the format will remains on the memory until a new format is passed. Calling a PRINT USING without a new format specified the PRINT will use the format of previous call.


PRINT USING "##: #,###,##0.00";
FOR i=0 TO 20
    PRINT USING; i+1, A(i)
PRINT USING "Total ###,##0 of \ \"; number, "bytes"

* The symbol ? can be used instead of keyword PRINT You can use 'USG' instead of 'USING'.

Function: CAT (x)
Returns a console codes

0 reset
1 bold on
-1 bold off
2 underline on
-2 underline off
3 reverse on
-3 reverse off

PalmOS only:
80..87 select system font
90..93 select custom font


? cat(1);"Bold";cat(0)

Command: INPUT [prompt {,|;}] var[, var [, ...]]
Reads from "keyboard" a text and store it to variable.

Command: LINPUT var
Command: LINEINPUT var
Command: LINE INPUT var
Reads a whole text line from console.

Function: INKEY
This function returns the last key-code in keyboard buffer, or an empty string if there are no keys.

Special key-codes like the function-keys (PC) or the hardware-buttons (PalmOS) are returned as 2-byte string.


  IF LEN(k)=2
    ? "H/W #"+ASC(RIGHT(k,1))
    ? k; " "; ASC(k)
  ? "keyboard buffer is empty"

Command: CLS
Clears the screen.

Command: AT x, y
Moves the console cursor to the specified position. x,y are in pixels

Command: LOCATE y, x
Moves the console cursor to the specified position. x,y are in character cells.

A. Interactive Mode

Like a shell, SB can run interactively. The Interactive Mode offers an old-style coding taste. Also, it is offers a quick editing/testing tool for console mode versions of SB.

The Interactive Mode can be used as a normal command-line shell. It executes shell commands as a normal shell, but also, it can store/edit and run SB programs. However we suggest to use an editor.

A.1 Interactive Mode Commands

Command: HELP [sb-keyword]
Interactive mode help screen. The symbol '?' does the same.

Command: BYE
Command: QUIT
Command: EXIT
The BYE command ends SmallBASIC and returns the control to the Operating System.

Command: NEW
The NEW command clears the memory and screen and prepares the computer for a new program. Be sure to save the program that you have been working on before you enter NEW as it is unrecoverable by any means once NEW has been entered.

Command: RUN [filename]
The RUN command, which can also be used as a statement, starts program execution.

Command: CLS
Clears the screen.

Command: LIST { [start-line] - [end-line] }
The LIST command allows you to display program lines. If LIST is entered with no numbers following it, the entire program in memory is listed. If a number follows the LIST, the line with that number is listed. If a number followed by hyphen follows LIST, that line and all lines following it are listed. If a number preceeded by a hyphen follows LIST, all lines preceeding it and that line are listed. If two numbers separated by a hyphen follow LIST, the indicated lines and all lines between them are listed.

Command: RENUM { [initial-line] [,] [increment] }
The RENUM command allows you to reassign line numbers.

Command: ERA { [start-line] - [end-line] }
The ERA command allows you to erase program lines. If ERA is entered with no numbers following it, the entire program in memory is erased. If a number follows the ERA, the line with that number is erased. If a number followed by hyphen follows ERA, that line and all lines following it are erased. If a number preceeded by a hyphen follows ERA, all lines preceeding it and that line are erased. If two numbers separated by a hyphen follow ERA, the indicated lines and all lines between them are erased.

Command: NUM [initial-line [, increment]]
The NUM command sets the values for the autonumbering. If the 'initial-line' and 'increment' are not specified, the line numbers start at 10 and increase in increments of 10.

Command: SAVE program-name
The SAVE command allows you to copy the program in memory to a file. By using the LOAD command, you can later recall the program into memory.

Command: LOAD program-name
The LOAD command loads 'program-name' file into memory. The program must first have been put on file using the SAVE command. LOAD removes the program currently in memory before loading 'program-name'.

Command: MERGE program-name, line-number
The MERGE command merges lines in 'program-name' file into the program lines already in the computer's memory. Use 'line-number' to specify the position where the lines will be inserted.

Command: CD [path]
Changed the current directory. Without arguments, displays the current directory.

Command: DIR [regexp]
Command: DIRE [regexp]
Command: DIRD [regexp]
Command: DIRB [regexp]
Displays the list of files. You can use DIRE for executables only or DIRD for directories only, or DIRB for BASIC sources.

Command: TYPE filename
Displays the contents of the file.

B. MySQL Module

Function: MYSQL.CONNECT (host, database, user, [password])
Connects/reconnects to the server

Function: MYSQL.QUERY (handle, sqlstr)
Send command to mysql server

Function: MYSQL.DBS (handle)
Get a list of the databases

Function: MYSQL.TABLES (handle)
Get a list of the tables

Function: MYSQL.FIELDS (handle, table)
Get a list of the fields of a table

Command: MYSQL.DISCONNECT handle

Command: MYSQL.USE handle, database
Changes the current database

import mysql

h = mysql.connect("localhost", "mydatabase", "user", "password")
? "Handle = "; h
? "DBS    = "; mysql.dbs(h)
? "TABLES = "; mysql.tables(h)
? "Query  = "; mysql.query(h, "SELECT * FROM sbx_counters")
mysql.disconnect h

C. GDBM Module

import gdbm

const GDBM_WRCREAT = 2		' A writer.  Create the db if needed.

h = gdbm.open("dbtest.db", 512, GDBM_WRCREAT, 0o666)
? "Handle = "; h
? "Store returns = "; gdbm.store(h, "key1", "data1....")
? "Store returns = "; gdbm.store(h, "key2", "data2....")
? "Fetch returns = "; gdbm.fetch(h, "key1")
gdbm.close h

D. Limits

D.1 Typical 32bit system

Bytecode size 4 GB
Length of text lines 4095 characters
User-defined keyword length 128 characters
Maximum number of parameters 256
Numeric value range 64 bit FPN (-/+ 1E+308)
Maximum string size 2 GB
Number of file handles 256
Number of array-dimensions 6
Number of colors 24 bit (0-15=VGA, <0=RGB)
Background sound queue size 256 notes
INPUT (console) 1023 characters per call, up to 16 variables
COMMAND$ 1023 bytes

System events are checked every 50ms

D.2 PalmOS (Typical 16bit system)

Length of text lines 511 characters
Maximum number of parameters 32
User-defined keyword length 32 characters
Number of array-dimensions 3
Maximum string size <32 KB
Number of file handles 16
Number of elements/array 2970 (that means 64KB of memory)
Bytecode size <64 KB (by using CHAIN you can run progs > 64KB)
INPUT (console) 255 characters per call, up to 16 variables
COMMAND$ 127 bytes

E. Writting Modules

* Modules are working only at Linux for now *

Modules are dynamic-linked libraries. The modules are "connected" with the SmallBASIC with a two-way style. That means, the module can execute functions of SB's library.

Module programmers will need to use variable's API to process parameters, and return values. Also, the device's API must be used because SB can run in different environments, of course module authors can use other C or other-lib functions to do their jobs.

Every module must implements the following C functions.

int sblib_proc_count()
Returns the number of procedures of the module.
int sblib_func_count()
Returns the number of functions of the module.
int sblib_proc_getname(int index, char *name)
Fills the 'name' variable with the name of the 'index'-th procedure. Returns 1 on success or 0 on error.
int sblib_func_getname(int index, char *name)
Fills the 'name' variable with the name of the 'index'-th function. Returns 1 on success or 0 on error.
int sblib_proc_exec(int index, int param_count, slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
Executes the 'index' procedure. Returns 1 on success or 0 on error.
int sblib_func_exec(int index, int param_count, slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
Executes the 'index' function. Returns 1 on success or 0 on error.

The slib_par_t structure contains two fields. The var_p which is a var_t structure (a SB variable), and the byref which is true if the variable can be used as by-reference.

E.1 Variables API

Variables had 4 types. This type is described in .type field.

Values of .type

String. The value can be accessed at .v.p.ptr.
Integer. The value can be accessed at .v.i.
Real-number. The value can be accessed at .v.n.
Array. The .v.a.ptr is the data pointer (sizeof(var_t) * size). The .v.a.size is the number of elements. The .v.a.lbound[MAXDIM] is the lower bound values. The .v.a.ubound[MAXDIM] is the upper bound values. The .v.a.maxdim is the number of dimensions.

*   Displays variable data.
*   If the variable is an array, then this function
*   runs recursive, and the 'level' parameter is used.
static void print_variable(int level, var_t *variable)
    int i;

    /* if recursive; place tabs */
    for ( i = 0; i < level; i ++ )

    /* print variable */
    switch ( variable->type )  {
    case V_STR:
        dev_printf("String =\"%s\"\n", variable->v.p.ptr);
    case V_INT:
        dev_printf("Integer = %ld\n", variable->v.i);
    case V_REAL:
        dev_printf("Real = %.2f\n",  variable->v.n);
    case V_ARRAY:
        dev_printf("Array of %d elements\n", variable->v.a.size);
        for ( i = 0; i < variable->v.a.size; i ++ ) {
            var_t *element_p;

            element_p = (var_t *) (variable->v.a.ptr + sizeof(var_t) * i);
            print_variable(level+1, element_p);

E.1.1 Gereric

void v_free(var_t *var)
This function resets the variable to 0 integer.
void v_free(var_t *var)
This function deletes the contents of varible var.
var_t* v_new()
Creates a new variable and returns it. The returned variable it must be freed with both, v_free() and free() functions.
var_t *v_clone(const var_t *source)
Returns a new variable which is a clone of source. The returned variable it must be freed with both, v_free() and free() functions.
void v_set(var_t *dest, const var_t *src)
Copies the src to dest.

void	myfunc()
	var_t	myvar;


E.1.2 Real Numbers

double v_getreal(var_t *variable)
Returns the floating-point value of a variable. if variable is string it will converted to double.
void v_setreal(var_t *var, double number)
Sets the number real-number value to var variable.

E.1.3 Integer Numbers

double v_igetnum(var_t *variable)
Returns the floating-point value of a variable. if variable is string it will converted to double.
void v_setint(var_t *var, int32 number)
Sets the number integer-number value to var variable.

E.1.4 Strings

void v_tostr(var_t *arg)
Converts variable arg to string.
char* v_getstr(var_t *var)
Returns the string-pointer of variable var. If the var is not a string, it must be converted to string with the v_tostr() function.
void v_zerostr(var_t *var)
Resets the variable var to a zero-length string.
void v_setstr(var_t *var, const char *string)
Sets the string value string to the variable var.
void v_strcat(var_t *var, const char *string)
Adds the string string to string-variable var.
void v_setstrf(var_t *var, const char *fmt, ...)
Sets a string value to variable var using printf() style. The buffer size is limited to 1KB for OS_LIMITED (PalmOS), otherwise 64kB.

E.1.5 Arrays

SB arrays are always one-dimension. The multiple dimensions positions are calculated at run-time. Each element of the arrays is a `var_t' object.

var_t* v_elem(var_t *array, int index)
Returns the variable pointer of the element index of the array. index is a zero-based, one dimention, index.
int v_asize(var_t *array)
Returns the number of the elements of the array.
void v_resize_array(var_t *array, int size)
Resizes the 1-dimention array.
void v_tomatrix(var_t *var, int r, int c)
Converts the variable var to an array of r rows and c columns.
void v_toarray1(var_t *var, int n)
Converts the variable var to an array of n elements.
void v_setintarray(var_t *var, int32 *itable, int count)
Makes variable var an integer array of count elements. The values are specified in itable.
void v_setrealarray(var_t *var, double *rtable, int count)
Makes variable var a real-number array of count elements. The values are specified in rtable.
void v_setstrarray(var_t *var, char **ctable, int count)
Makes variable var a string array of count elements. The values (which are copied) are specified in ctable.

void	myfunc()
	int		c_array[] = { 10, 20, 30 };
	var_t	myvar;

	v_setintarray(&myvar, c_array, 3);

E.2 Typical Module Source

This is a typical example of a module with one Function and and one Command. The command "CMDA" displays its parameters, and the function "FUNCA" returns a string.

--- mymod.c ---

#include <extlib.h>

*   Displays variable data.
*   If the variable is an array, then runs recursive, the
*   'level' parameter is the call level.
static void print_variable(int level, var_t *param)
    int i;

    /* if recursive; place tabs */
    for ( i = 0; i < level; i ++ )

    /* print variable */
    switch ( param->type )  {
    case V_STR:
        dev_printf("String =\"%s\"\n", param->v.p.ptr);
    case V_INT:
        dev_printf("Integer = %ld\n", param->v.i);
    case V_REAL:
        dev_printf("Real = %.2f\n",  param->v.n);
    case V_ARRAY:
        dev_printf("Array of %d elements\n", param->v.a.size);
        for ( i = 0; i < param->v.a.size; i ++ ) {
            var_t *element_p;

            element_p = (var_t *) (param->v.a.ptr + sizeof(var_t) * i);
            print_variable(level+1, element_p);

/* typical command */
void m_cmdA(int param_count, slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
    int i;

    for ( i = 0; i < param_count; i ++ ) {
        param = params[i].var_p;
        print_variable(0, param);

/* typical function */
int m_funcA(int param_count, slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
    v_setstr(retval, "funcA() works!");
    return 1;        /* success */

/* the node-type of function/procedure tables */
typedef struct {
        char *name;  /* the name of the function */
        int  (*command)(slib_par_t *, int, var_t *);
        } mod_kw;

/* functions table */
static mod_kw func_names[] =
{ "FUNCA", m_funcA }, // function A

/* commands table */
static mod_kw proc_names[] =
{ "CMDA", m_cmdA }, // command A

/* returns the number of the procedures */
int sblib_proc_count(void)
    int i;

    for ( i = 0; proc_names[i].name; i ++ );
    return i;

/* returns the number of the functions */
int sblib_func_count(void)
    int i;

    for ( i = 0; func_names[i].name; i ++ );
    return i;

/* returns the 'index' procedure name */
int sblib_proc_getname(int index, char *proc_name)
    strcpy(proc_name, proc_names[index].name);
    return 1;

/* returns the 'index' function name */
int sblib_func_getname(int index, char *proc_name)
    strcpy(proc_name, func_names[index].name);
    return 1;

/* execute the 'index' procedure */
int sblib_proc_exec(int index, int param_count,
                                slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
{ return proc_names[index].command(params, param_count, retval); }

/* execute the 'index' function */
int sblib_func_exec(int index, int param_count,
                                slib_par_t *params, var_t *retval)
{ return func_names[index].command(params, param_count, retval); }

E.3 Typical Module Makefile

This is a typical Makefile. In our example the module name is 'mymod' and its source is the 'mymod.c'. Also, our module is requires the 'mysqlclient' library to be linked together.

The variables of Makefile

The name of the module
The libraries that are required by the module.
The SB's module directory. There will be installed the module.
'Include' path. This must points to the SB source files.
Compilers flags.

--- Makefile ---


all: $(MODIDIR)/$(MODNAME).so

    -mkdir -p $(MODIDIR)
    gcc $(CFLAGS) -c $(MODNAME).c -o $(MODNAME).o
    gcc -shared -Wl,-soname,$(MODNAME).so -o $(MODNAME).so $(MODNAME).o $(MODLIBS)
    mv $(MODNAME).so $(MODIDIR)
    ldconfig -n $(MODIDIR)

    -rm -f *.so *.o $(MODIDIR)/$(MODNAME).so

F. Glossary

What it could be good to know.

The American National Standards Institute. This organization produces many standards, among them the standards for the C and C++ programming languages. See also "ISO".

An program consists of a series of commands, statements, and expressions. The program executed by an interpreted language command by command until it ends.

Another name for an program. ...

Short for "Binary Digit". All values in computer memory ultimately reduce to binary digits: values that are either zero or one.

Computers are often defined by how many bits they use to represent integer values. Typical systems are 32-bit systems, but 64-bit systems are becoming increasingly popular, and 16-bit systems are waning in popularity.

Character Set
The set of numeric codes used by a computer system to represent the characters (letters, numbers, punctuation, etc.) of a particular country or place. The most common character set in use today is ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). Many European countries use an extension of ASCII known as ISO-8859-1 (ISO Latin-1).

A program that translates human-readable source code into machine-executable object code. The object code is then executed directly by the computer or by a virtual-machine. See also "Interpreter".

The situation in which two communicating processes are each waiting for the other to perform an action.

Environment Variables
A collection of strings, of the form name=val, that each program has available to it. Users generally place values into the environment in order to provide information to various programs. Typical examples are the environment variables HOME and PATH.

Escape Sequences
A special sequence of characters used for describing nonprinting characters, such as `\n' for newline or `\033' for the ASCII ESC (Escape) character.

A variable whose truth value indicates the existence or nonexistence of some condition.

Free Software Foundation
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the production and distribution of freely distributable software. It was founded by Richard M. Stallman.

GNU General Public License
This document describes the terms under which binary library archives or shared objects, and their source code may be distributed.

With few words, GPL allows source code and binary forms to be used copied and modified freely.

"Greenwich Mean Time". It is the time of day used as the epoch for Unix and POSIX systems.

"GNU's not Unix". An on-going project of the Free Software Foundation to create a complete, freely distributable, POSIX-compliant computing environment.

A variant of the GNU system using the Linux kernel, instead of the Free Software Foundation's Hurd kernel. Linux is a stable, efficient, full-featured clone of Unix that has been ported to a variety of architectures. It is most popular on PC-class systems, but runs well on a variety of other systems too. The Linux kernel source code is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, which is perhaps its most important aspect.

Base 16 notation, where the digits are 0--9 and A--F, with `A' representing 10, `B' representing 11, and so on, up to `F' for 15. Hexadecimal numbers are written in SB using a leading `0x' or `&H', to indicate their base. Thus, 0x12 is 18 (1 times 16 plus 2).

Abbreviation for "Input/Output", the act of moving data into and/or out of a running program.

A program that reads and executes human-readable source code directly. It uses the instructions in it to process data and produce results.

The International Standards Organization. This organization produces international standards for many things, including programming languages, such as C and C++.

Lesser General Public License
This document describes the terms under which binary library archives or shared objects, and their source code may be distributed.

Base-eight notation, where the digits are 0--7. Octal numbers are written in SB using a leading `&o', to indicate their base. Thus, &o13 is 11 (one times 8 plus 3).

The name for a series of standards that specify a Portable Operating System interface. The "IX" denotes the Unix heritage of these standards.

Variables and/or functions that are meant for use exclusively by this level of functions and not for the main program. See LOCAL, "Nested Functions".

When a function calls itself, either directly or indirectly.

Redirection means performing input from something other than the standard input stream, or performing output to something other than the standard output stream.

In Unices, you can redirect the output of the print statements to a file or a system command, using the `>', `>>', `|', and `|&' operators. You can redirect input to the INPUT statement using the `<', `|', and `|&' operators.

Regulat Expression
Short for regular expression. A regexp is a pattern that denotes a set of strings, possibly an infinite set. For example, the regexp `R.*xp' matches any string starting with the letter `R' and ending with the letters `xp'.

Search Path
In SB, a list of directories to search for SB program files. In the shell, a list of directories to search for executable programs.

The initial value, or starting point, for a sequence of random numbers.

The command interpreter for Unix, POSIX-compliant systems, DOS and WinNT/2K/XP (CMD). The shell works both interactively, and as a programming language for batch files, or shell scripts.

A computer operating system originally developed in the early 1970's at AT&T Bell Laboratories. It initially became popular in universities around the world and later moved into commercial environments as a software development system and network server system. There are many commercial versions of Unix, as well as several work-alike systems whose source code is freely available (such as GNU/Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD).

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ABS9. Mathematics
ABSMAX9. Mathematics
ABSMIN9. Mathematics
ACCESS8.2 File System Commands
ACOS9.3 Trigonometry
ACOSH9.3 Trigonometry
ACOT9.3 Trigonometry
ACOTH9.3 Trigonometry
ACSC9.3 Trigonometry
ACSCH9.3 Trigonometry
APPEND4. Commands
ARC6.6 Graphics Commands
ASC11. Strings
ASEC9.3 Trigonometry
ASECH9.3 Trigonometry
ASIN9.3 Trigonometry
ASINH9.3 Trigonometry
AT12.2 Console Commands
ATAN9.3 Trigonometry
ATAN29.3 Trigonometry
ATANH9.3 Trigonometry
ATN9.3 Trigonometry

BALLOC5. System
BCOPY5. System
BCS11. Strings
BEEP6.6 Graphics Commands
BGETC8.2 File System Commands
BIN11. Strings
BLOAD5. System
BPUTC#8.2 File System Commands
BSAVE5. System
BYEA.1 Interactive Mode Commands

CAT12.2 Console Commands
CBS11. Strings
CDA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
CDBL7. Miscellaneous
CEIL9.2 Round
CHAIN5. System
CHART6.6 Graphics Commands
CHDIR8.2 File System Commands
CHMOD8.2 File System Commands
CHOP11. Strings
CHR11. Strings
CINT7. Miscellaneous
CIRCLE6.6 Graphics Commands
CLOSE8.2 File System Commands
CLS12.2 Console Commands
CLSA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
COLOR6.6 Graphics Commands
CONST4. Commands
COPY8.2 File System Commands
COS9.3 Trigonometry
COSH9.3 Trigonometry
COT9.3 Trigonometry
COTH9.3 Trigonometry
CREAL7. Miscellaneous
CSC9.3 Trigonometry
CSCH9.3 Trigonometry

DATA4. Commands
DATE5. System
DATEDMY5. System
DATEFMT5. System
DEG9.1 Unit convertion
DELAY5. System
DELETE4. Commands
DERIV9.6 Equations
DETERM9.6 Equations
DIFFEQN9.6 Equations
DIM4. Commands
DIRA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
DIRBA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
DIRDA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
DIREA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
DIRWALK8.2 File System Commands
DISCLOSE11. Strings
DRAW6.6 Graphics Commands
DRAWPOLY6.6 Graphics Commands

EMPTY4. Commands
ENCLOSE11. Strings
END4. Commands
ENV5. System
ENV5. System
ENVIRON5. System
ENVIRON5. System
EOF8.2 File System Commands
ERAA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
ERASE4. Commands
EXEC5. System
EXIST8.2 File System Commands
EXIT4. Commands
EXITA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
EXP9.4 Logarithms
EXPRSEQ9. Mathematics

FILES8.2 File System Commands
FIX9.2 Round
FLOOR9.2 Round
FOR4. Commands
FOR4. Commands
FORMAT11. Strings
FRAC9.2 Round
FRE5. System
FREEFILE8.2 File System Commands

GOSUB4. Commands
GOTO4. Commands

HELPA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
HEX11. Strings

IF4. Commands
IF4. Commands
INKEY12.2 Console Commands
INPUT8.2 File System Commands
INPUT12.2 Console Commands
INPUT#8.2 File System Commands
INSERT4. Commands
INSTR11. Strings
INT9.2 Round
INTERSECT10. 2D Algebra
INVERSE9.6 Equations
ISARRAY4. Commands
ISDIR8.2 File System Commands
ISFILE8.2 File System Commands
ISLINK8.2 File System Commands
ISNUMBER4. Commands
ISSTRING4. Commands

JOIN11. Strings
JULIAN5. System

KILL8.2 File System Commands

LABEL4. Commands
LBOUND7. Miscellaneous
LCASE11. Strings
LEFT11. Strings
LEFTOF11. Strings
LEN4. Commands
LET4. Commands
LINE6.6 Graphics Commands
LINEINPUT12.2 Console Commands
LINEINPUT#8.2 File System Commands
LINEQN9.6 Equations
LINE INPUT12.2 Console Commands
LINE INPUT#8.2 File System Commands
LINPUT12.2 Console Commands
LINPUT#8.2 File System Commands
LISTA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
LOADA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
LOCATE12.2 Console Commands
LOF8.2 File System Commands
LOG9.4 Logarithms
LOG109.4 Logarithms
LOWER11. Strings
LTRIM11. Strings

M3APPLY10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
M3IDENT10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
M3ROTATE10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
M3SCALE10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
M3TRANS10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
MALLOC5. System
MAX9. Mathematics
MERGEA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
MID11. Strings
MIN9. Mathematics
MKDIR8.2 File System Commands

NEWA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
NOSOUND6.6 Graphics Commands
NUMA.1 Interactive Mode Commands

OCT11. Strings
ON4. Commands
OPEN8.2 File System Commands
OPTION2.5 The OPTION keyword
OPTION2.5.1 Run-Time
OPTION2.5.1 Run-Time
OPTION2.5.2 Compile-Time

PAINT6.6 Graphics Commands
PAUSE7. Miscellaneous
PEEK[{16|32}]5. System
PEN7. Miscellaneous
PEN7. Miscellaneous
PLAY6.6 Graphics Commands
PLOT6.6 Graphics Commands
POINT6.6 Graphics Commands
POKE[{16|32}]5. System
POLYAREA10. 2D Algebra
POLYEXT10. 2D Algebra
POW9. Mathematics
PRINT12.2 Console Commands
PRINT#8.2 File System Commands
PSET6.6 Graphics Commands
PTDISTLN10. 2D Algebra
PTDISTSEG10. 2D Algebra
PTSIGN10. 2D Algebra

QUITA.1 Interactive Mode Commands

RAD9.1 Unit convertion
RANDOMIZE7. Miscellaneous
READ4. Commands
READ#8.2 File System Commands
RECT6.6 Graphics Commands
REM4. Commands
RENAME8.2 File System Commands
RENUMA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
REPEAT4. Commands
REPLACE11. Strings
RESTORE4. Commands
RETURN4. Commands
RGB6.6 Graphics Commands
RGBF6.6 Graphics Commands
RIGHT11. Strings
RIGHTOF11. Strings
RINSTR11. Strings
RMDIR8.2 File System Commands
RND7. Miscellaneous
ROOT9.6 Equations
ROUND9.2 Round
RTE5. System
RTRIM11. Strings
RUN5. System
RUN5. System
RUNA.1 Interactive Mode Commands

SAVEA.1 Interactive Mode Commands
SEARCH5. System
SEC9.3 Trigonometry
SECH9.3 Trigonometry
SEEK8.2 File System Commands
SEEK#8.2 File System Commands
SEGCOS10. 2D Algebra
SEGLEN10. 2D Algebra
SEGSIN10. 2D Algebra
SEQ9. Mathematics
SGN9. Mathematics
SIN9.3 Trigonometry
SINH9.3 Trigonometry
SINPUT11. Strings
SORT5. System
SOUND6.6 Graphics Commands
SPACE11. Strings
SPC11. Strings
SPLIT11. Strings
SPRINT11. Strings
SQR9. Mathematics
SQUEEZE11. Strings
STATMEAN9.5 Statistics
STATMEANDEV9.5 Statistics
STATSPREADP9.5 Statistics
STATSPREADS9.5 Statistics
STKDUMP5. System
STOP4. Commands
STR11. Strings
STRING11. Strings
SUM9.5 Statistics
SUMSQ9.5 Statistics
SWAP7. Miscellaneous

TAN9.3 Trigonometry
TANH9.3 Trigonometry
TEXTHEIGHT6.6 Graphics Commands
TEXTWIDTH6.6 Graphics Commands
TICKS5. System
TIME5. System
TIMEHMS5. System
TIMER5. System
TLOAD8.2 File System Commands
TRANSLATE11. Strings
TRIM11. Strings
TROFF5. System
TRON5. System
TSAVE8.2 File System Commands
TXTH6.6 Graphics Commands
TXTW6.6 Graphics Commands
TYPEA.1 Interactive Mode Commands

UBOUND7. Miscellaneous
UCASE11. Strings
UPPER11. Strings
USRCALL5. System

VADR5. System
VAL11. Strings
VIEW6.6 Graphics Commands

WEEKDAY5. System
WHILE4. Commands
WINDOW6.6 Graphics Commands
WRITE#8.2 File System Commands

XPOS6.6 Graphics Commands

YPOS6.6 Graphics Commands

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BPP2.2 System Variables
BPP2.2 System Variables

COMMAND2.2 System Variables
COMMAND2.2 System Variables
CWD2.2 System Variables
CWD2.2 System Variables

FALSE2.2 System Variables
FALSE2.2 System Variables

HOME2.2 System Variables
HOME2.2 System Variables

OSNAME2.2 System Variables
OSNAME2.2 System Variables
OSVER2.2 System Variables
OSVER2.2 System Variables

PI2.2 System Variables
PI2.2 System Variables

SBVER2.2 System Variables
SBVER2.2 System Variables

TRUE2.2 System Variables
TRUE2.2 System Variables

VIDADR2.2 System Variables
VIDADR2.2 System Variables

XMAX2.2 System Variables
XMAX2.2 System Variables

YMAX2.2 System Variables
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 Welcome to SmallBASIC
1.1.1 About BASIC
1.1.2 About SmallBASIC Purpose Cross-platform
1.2 Useful notes for beginners
1.2.1 What we must already know
1.2.2 How to read the syntax
1.3 Running SB Interactively
1.4 Running SB
1.4.1 Unix script executables
2. The language
2.1 Constants and Variables
2.1.1 Variable names
2.1.2 About the dollar-symbol
2.1.3 Integers
2.1.4 Reals
2.1.5 Strings
2.1.6 Constants
2.2 System Variables
2.3 Operators
2.4 Special Characters
2.5 The OPTION keyword
2.5.1 Run-Time
2.5.2 Compile-Time
2.6 Meta-commands
2.7 Arrays and Matrices
2.8 Nested arrays
2.9 The operator IN
2.10 The operator LIKE
2.11 The pseudo-operator <<
2.12 Subroutines and Functions
2.13 Single-line Functions
2.14 Nested procedures and functions
2.15 Units (SB libraries)
2.16 The pseudo-operators ++/--/p=
2.17 The USE keyword
2.18 The DO keyword
3. Programming Tips
3.1 Using LOCAL variables
3.2 Loops and variables
3.3 Loops and expressions
4. Commands
5. System
6. Graphics & Sound
6.1 The colors
6.2 The points
6.3 The STEP keyword
6.4 The 'aspect' parameter
6.5 The FILLED keyword
6.6 Graphics Commands
7. Miscellaneous
8. File system
8.1 Special Device Names
8.2 File System Commands
9. Mathematics
9.1 Unit convertion
9.2 Round
9.3 Trigonometry
9.4 Logarithms
9.5 Statistics
9.6 Equations
10. 2D Algebra
10.1 2D & 3D graphics transformations
11. Strings
12. Console
12.1 Supported console codes
12.2 Console Commands
A. Interactive Mode
A.1 Interactive Mode Commands
B. MySQL Module
C. GDBM Module
D. Limits
D.1 Typical 32bit system
D.2 PalmOS (Typical 16bit system)
E. Writting Modules
E.1 Variables API
E.1.1 Gereric
E.1.2 Real Numbers
E.1.3 Integer Numbers
E.1.4 Strings
E.1.5 Arrays
E.2 Typical Module Source
E.3 Typical Module Makefile
F. Glossary
G. GNU Free Documentation License
G.1 ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documents
H. Command Index
I. Variable Index

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1. Introduction
2. The language
3. Programming Tips
4. Commands
5. System
6. Graphics & Sound
7. Miscellaneous
8. File system
9. Mathematics
10. 2D Algebra
11. Strings
12. Console
A. Interactive Mode
B. MySQL Module
C. GDBM Module
D. Limits
E. Writting Modules
F. Glossary
G. GNU Free Documentation License
H. Command Index
I. Variable Index

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