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Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: November 28, 2017, 09:50:13 pm »
Please see my original post above with the download link.  I made significant updates to it.  namely:

1.  I have found the original dev and reference manuals that accompanied the product and have converted them to PDF files.
2.  I am creating an .ISO file that contains the client/server version installers, dev and reference manuals, and instructions.
3.  It is IBM VisualAge for BASIC v1.2 for OS/2, which is an RTM full-install bug-fixed version (no patching required).
4.  It will be uploaded to the abandonware web site called "vetusware".
5.  I should have it uploaded by the end of November, 2017.

I believe that this is a great tool that deserves another chance and should excite any Visual Basic developer, since it is MS VB syntax that produces 32-bit native OS2 code, and has the ability to directly import Microsoft Visual Basic 3/4 projects.   You can even use real VB in WIN-OS2 to create a VB project and just use IBM's VAB/2 as the compiler (my chosen strategy). 

This is a VERY exciting upload to provide to the OS/2 community because it resurrects a potentially great dev tool that was never given a chance.  This is pretty much Microsoft Visual Basic for OS/2, folks.

Programming / Re: ES/2 development
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:28:47 pm »
REALLY stupid question (there are such things):

What is ES/2?

*covering head, ducking*

Programming / Re: Happy WarpINning!
« on: November 28, 2017, 06:15:18 pm »
I'm just a VB developer, and like others, have re-discovered OS/2 Warp (ArcaOS and ECS) for hobby purposes.  Would LOVE to develop for OS/2, but quite honestly, the installer tools are just as complex as learning any of the horrible dev tools, especially after being spoiled rotten with Visual Studio and InstallShield.

Willing to give VX-REXX a try after I get REXX into my head (never used it before).  But that's only if I decide that using VB3 Pro or IBM's VisualAge for BASIC for OS/2.  VABASIC, particularly the stabilized v1.2, is actually a lot more amazing than people seem to be willing to give it credit for.

I have had a lot of respect for the WarpIn project over the years, particularly out of pure shock that no real InstallShield equivalent was ever produced for OS/2.  Warp3 was released in the Windows 95 days, and I would have thought Warp4 would have added decent installer support to follow suit.  I find it rather sad that we have to pick the bones of linux (which I can't stand for 100 different reasons) to breathe new life into OS/2.

Programming / Re: Non-yum/rpm vs. ordinary (?) eCS
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:02:37 am »
And here we have the second reason why I'm sticking with WarpIn and not going the RPM/YUM route, the first being my unwillingness to shut the door on older versions of OS/2 just for new installer with a new set of problems.

Programming / Re: Happy WarpINning!
« on: October 06, 2017, 01:49:11 am »
Good for you.  As my first post in this forum, and after having recently re-discovered OS/2, and being a developer myself (such as it is with the VB-style stuff I use), I currently have no intention of supporting YUM, RPM or related repositories as an OS/2 developer.    While all versions of OS/2 in use can use WarpIn, not all of them can use the YUM/Repository feature that is so far exclusive to ArcaOS, which itself will still support WarpIn just fine.

Since I have no intention of shutting any doors on previous versions of OS/2, I'm sticking with WarpIn, at least for the foreseeable future.

Applications / Re: Visual BASIC for OS/2
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:34:11 am »
IBM VisualAge for BASIC for OS/2 v1.2 can be downloaded here on this abandonware site:

Note that it seems to work fine on OS/2 v2.1, Warp3/4, and eCS v1x and 2x.  Also installed and ran fine on AcraOS 5.0.1.

Note that the product will not run until after you've rebooted due to critical paths being added to config.sys.

This is a real find, as this is available NOWHERE else on the net and it's the v1.2 bug-fixed version.

I dug through my archives of old IBM BESTeam distribution CDs from the 90s and found all the documentation and manuals for this product (in postscript form)- an exciting discovery that had me darned near dancing around the room.  I will be converting all the manuals to PDF files and uploading the whole "IBM VisualAge for BASIC for OS/2 v1.2" package to abandonware web sites and will be including instructions and all documentation along with the full, non-demo v1.2 installer of both client and server editions.  It will be in the form of a zipped .ISO file.

As a Visual Basic developer and enthusiast, I think this is a great product worthy of resurrection now that all the necessary components have been assembled into a complete, updated package that includes everything and works on all versions and variatiosn of OS/2 from 2.1 on.  I will post the package on the same abandonware web site linked above (vetusware).

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