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    Hi Phorum,

    Since I had Kinkos print xbasic.pdf I am finally beginning to understand xbasic. Lots of it goes right over my head .. but ... I can read most of the code now and in many cases adapt predefined codes to my applications. This rouses my interest in the books being marketted on the home page. My Question is: With V5.0 coming soon, will there be any changes or additions to xbasic, in simpler terms will the xbasic for everyone be applicable in all cases with V5.0. Moreover, what is the difference between Xbasic For Everone now on the market vs the edition that I bought a few years back. My copy is dated 1996.


    RE: xbasic.pdf

    For starters, the old manual had 165 pages, the new edition has 298. Many new chapters and lots of examples of coding for each & every event. More detailed explanations throughout. Well worth the cost.



      RE: xbasic.pdf

      I bought both books and found some examples that i needed the first time that I opened the book.
      Saved me a couple of hours of looking thru the xbasic pdf files.
      Charlie Crimmel


        RE: xbasic.pdf

        Thank you for responding guys, I'll buy the manual now.



          RE: xbasic.pdf

          Thank you barry, you made up my mind for me.


            RE: xbasic.pdf

            Has Dr. Wayne updated his other book, "Alpha Five: The Database for Everyone"? If not, does anyone know if he's planning an update?


              RE: xbasic.pdf

              I'm not presently updating "Alpha Five: The Database for Everyone" because
              I believe Alpha Software will be providing a tutorial manual
              for v5. But I am working on a new book for v5 that develops
              an entire application; I hope it spans the gap between
              "learning alpha five" and "xbasic for everyone".
              - Peter


                RE: xbasic.pdf


                Hurrah for the new Xbasic Manual - Very nicely done!

                You're a medical man and I've found an obscure medical term, 'apesioclesiosis'. You may not be aware but it's a condition suffered by authors when their creations don't (1) Make the Bestseller List and..
                (2) Don't "...make me an my descendants insufferably rich.."

                For some reason, I thought of you as I read this definition.
                You'll always be on MY bestseller list.