Monthly Archives: September 2016

Enhancing BASIC+ Part 4: Services with a Smile

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring how a precompiler can be used to enhance the BASIC+ language. Last week we took things to a new level with making commuter modules easier to develop and maintain. In this article, we show how SRP PreCompiler is making services a first class citizen, and hopefully a normal part of your development technique.
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Enhancing BASIC+ Part 3: Shortening the Commute

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring how a precompiler can be used to enhance the BASIC+ language. So far we’ve discussed how to implement a precompiler and introduced the SRP PreCompiler’s For…Each loop. Now we step it up a notch by showing you how the SRP PreCompiler will drastically improve your quality of life when it comes to maintaining a common type of stored procedure: the commuter module.
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Hooking in BASIC+ – Using Different Bait

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We hope you are enjoying our series on the SRP PreCompiler. Don’t worry, we’ll have more tasty goodness to serve you in just a few days. However, we wanted to take a quick detour and revisit our recent article on hooking, a technique that allows developers a way to intercept calls to stored procedures (including system stored procedures). If you are unfamiliar with this concept then please read our earlier article before proceeding. While the method we discussed has worked well for a very long time, it still leaves a footprint in the environment that is arguably intrusive. If this were only being done in a pure test environment that might be okay. But what if there is a need to add a hook within a mission critical production environment? Perhaps you want the hook to be temporary or only valid for your session. Even if it is only minimal, leaving behind permanent hooking routines bears some risk that something could go wrong and break the application. If only there was a way of hooking without resorting to renaming the original object record and replacing it with you own…

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Enhancing BASIC+ Part 2: Iteration Irritations

In this series of articles, we’ve been exploring how the a precompiler can be used to enhance the BASIC+ language. In the previous article, we introduced the precompiler directive and some tips on creating language enhancements without sacrificing usability in other areas. This article in the series reveals how the SRP Precompiler is improving dynamic array iteration.
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Enhancing BASIC+ Part 1 : #Pragmatic Beginnings

In this series of articles, we’ll be exploring how the a precompiler can be used to enhance the BASIC+ language. This first article will teach you the tips and tricks we’ve learned to achieve language enhancement. Subsequent articles will show you how the next release of the SRP Editor will leverage the precompiler to take your programming to new heights.
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