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QBASIC Tutorials

These are tutorials in various QBASIC techniques that range from very basic techniques to the very advanced (Assembly, etc.). If you've got questions, we've got answers!

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General Assembly Tutorials
Assembly in QBasic A good tutorial for beginners in ASM. You should know HEX first. (HEX tutorial is located in the misc. section) Aaron Severn
Assembly Language Tutorial v0.3 A very good tutorial for ASM beginners. Includes some source. Only about 1/2 done, and most likely will never be finished. Milo Sedlacek & Drew Vogel
Assembly Language Tutor A very large ASM tutorial. Highly recommended! Created by a student at the University of Guadalajara. Hugo Perez
Assembly in QBasic: Code .386 A nice tutorial including lots of source. Basically shows how to do 386 ASM in QuickBASIC. Rick Elbers
Assembly in QB The start of a great ASM series that was unfortunately never finished. This tutorial covers just the basics of ASM, for the new assembler programmer. (QB Chronicles #4) Fling-master
Assembler Programming for QuickBasic Creating assembly routines specifically for QuickBasic -- dealing with common variables and such. Assumes you already know both QuickBasic and ASM. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Tom Hanlin
ASM Graphics & Mouse Using snippets of assembly in your QB program to speed up graphics and use the mouse. Charles Johnson
ASM in QB: Interrupt Handlers Discusses interrupt vectors and interrupt handlers, and explains how you can incorporate ASM code into your QBasic programs through a variety of tricks and "short longcuts". Rick Elbers
ASM Libraries A very short tutorial on making ASM libraries for QB. Spirit and Source
ASM Vectors A nice tutorial that shows how to use interrupts through ASM. Useful! Rick Elbers
Converting ASM String Functions to BASIC 7.X Using both Near Strings and Far Strings in PDS 7.X, and dealing with their memory locations. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 1) Jay Munro
DEBUG Tutorial Explains how to use DEBUG.COM to create your own assembler programs. Covers the basics of the ASM language. Unknown
Extending the QBasic Interpreter Achieving advanced QuickBasic functions through the free QBasic interpreter, using CALL ABSOLUTE and assembly routines. This tutorial explains how to do DOS and BIOS interrupt calls, instant memory block copies and fast color single-line box drawings in QBasic. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 1) Brent Ashley
How To: Assembly Language Routines, Fast Graphical Routines, Mouse Stuff and More. Includes mouse routines, fast graphics routines and a several custom ASM graphics routines too. Charles Johnson
Infix to ASM Convertor Plan Infix notation is the arithmetic formula notation where numbers and operations are written in a "tree format". This will show you how to convert this notation to ASM. (QBOA Issue 4) Logiclrd
The PC Assembler Tutor A giant book covering all aspects of ASM programming (more than 26 chapters). Incredibly thorough, and hits on topics that none of the other ASM tutorials don't touch. This also includes a nice BASIC tutorial. Not recommended for newbies. Species (Distributor)
QB Parameter Passing Passing parameters between ASM code and QB functions. (QBOA Issue 4) Sten Daniel Sørsdal
Secret ASM tricks for QB Some tricks you can do with ASM in QuickBasic -- retreiving DEF SEG segments, various screen info, and a bit more. (QBOA Issue 2) Sten Daniel Sørsdal
Shimmer QuickBasic ASM Tutorial A great ASM tutorial for beginners. This tutorial is tailored especially toward QuickBasic, and gives a lot of good insights. Better-written and more interesting than most. CGI Joe
Using Assembly in QuickBasic: Part I A well-written introduction to ASM covering topics like 'Assembling' in DEBUG, using CALL ABSOLUTE and exchanging variable data between QB and ASM. This tutorial is far from complete, but it covers the most important topics right of the bat. A good supplement to one of the more complete series. Raze
Writing Your Own GET & PUT Routines Using ASM to create faster and improved GET/PUT routines for your QB program. (QB Cult Magazine #2) Matthew R. Knight

Petter Holmberg's ASM Series
Part 1: Getting Started Getting Started -- History of assembler, binary and hexadecimal numbers Petter Holmberg
Part 2: The Basics Your first assembly routine. Petter Holmberg
Part 3: Data Manipulation Registers, the stack, MOV, arithmetic operations, using CALL ABSOLUTE and a whole lot more! Petter Holmberg
Part 4: Flow Control Controlling the program flow, JMP, CALL, RET, how to make a PUT routine with clipping, and much more. Petter Holmberg
Part 5: I/O Using com ports, interrupts, and making a keyboard handler. Petter Holmberg
Part 6: Closing Up Numbers in assembler, optimizing ASM code, when to use ASM code in QB, finding errors, and a list of ASM commands. Petter Holmberg
Absolute Assembly v2.1 Absolute Assembly. Petter's application which allows you to insert Assembly commands into your QB program easily. Petter Holmberg

Petter Holmberg's ASM Series: Original QB:TM Versions
Assembly Series: Part 1 "What is assembler?" and working with hexadecimal and binary numbers as well as memory addresses. (QB:TM #4) Petter Holmberg
Assembly Series: Part 2 The basics: MOV, PUSH, etc., then incorporating your new assembly program into QBasic. (QB:TM #5) Petter Holmberg
Assembly Series: Part 4 Controlling program flow: using the equivalent of GOTO and subroutines in assembly. (QB:TM #7) Petter Holmberg
Assembly Series: Part 5 Hardware I/O: using the ports and getting user input. (QB:TM #8) Petter Holmberg
Assembly Series: Part 6 Some more on using numbers in assembly, how to optimize your code, and some appendices of everything you've learned in this great series. (QB:TM #9) Petter Holmberg

"Learn ASM In One Hour Flat" Series by abionnnn
ASM in QBasic (Part 1) A brief introduction to ASM programming covering the basics like MOV and ADD. (QB Times #1) abionnnn
ASM in QBasic (Part 2) Lessons 3 and 4: More ASM commands and how to make ASM procedures. (QB Times #2) abionnnn
ASM in QBasic (Parts 3 & 4) Part 3 of abionnnn's ASM series, with Lesson No. 5 on a Different Approach to ASM programming. (QB Times #4) abionnnn
ASM in QBasic (Part 5) Lesson no. 6 -- 8-bit registers; Lesson no. 7 -- Segment Registers and memory; Lesson no. 8 -- Basics of the Stack; Lesson no. 9 -- Procedures 2; abionnnn
ASM in QBasic (Part 6) Lesson No. 9: Putting it together; Lesson No. 10: Extended Mov commands. (QB Times #9) abionnnn
Logic Introduction to using logic gates, with ASM code. Covers AND, NOT and Redundanments. (QB Times #9) abionnnn

Doorknob Software ASM Tutorials
Part 1 Introduction, interrupts, registers, compiling, memory, addressing, variables and more. Doorknob Software
Part 2 Special segments, loops, line labels, graphics, graphics file loading and more. Doorknob Software
Part 3 The palette. Doorknob Software
Appendix 1 Including ASM code in your QB program: The Call Absolute Way, The LINKing way, and making a library. Doorknob Software
Appendix 2 Logical Operators Doorknob Software
Appendix 3 Non-Decimal Numbering Doorknob Software

Submitted Assembly Tutorials
ASM.zip All in 1!. This is all the ASM tutorials here as of August 16 put into 1 zip file and all in .txt format but 1 that is in HTML format because I could not convert it. (Submitted by Nathan1993 on August 16, 2005) Many
asm.txt The ULTAMITE ASM Tutorial!. This tutorial teaches everything about assembler, from numbering systems to GFX, but it does not say anything about how to put it into QB. FB for dos, anyone? (Submitted by Nathan1993 on August 17, 2005) Ralph (fu@ckz.org)

Game Design

General Game Design
Course in Game Design A two week and five day course on game design, where you make several simple games of increasing complexity. A great intro to game programming, especially for QB programmers! Lots of sample code. Andre Van Wyk
The Game Design Process How to create any game from start to finish. Explains Game Design in "six easy steps" and teaches you about deisgn documents, product specifications and screenplays. Francois Dominic Laramee
How To Write Good Quality QBasic Action Games A very thorough theory tutorial on creating both single player and multi-player action games. Discusses everything from point of view to radar to two player keyboard layouts. Created for The QBasic Station by Jack Thomson. Jack Thomson
Simple Game Design Takes beginners through the steps of designing any game -- planning, gathering tools, designing the algorithm. Includes an example of how to make a PONG game. (BASIX Fanzine #5) Diego
Rant: Necessity or Accessory? A game programming theory article that discusses what are the most important aspects of a game. These include Ease of Play, Graphics, Sound/Music, Storyline and Fun/Replayability. An important read for game designers trying to decide where to focus their programming time. (QB Chronicles #4) Singsong
30 Tips To Make Your Game More Fun To Play Thirty great tips on game design, especially for the QB programmer. (QB Cult Magazine #11) Terry Cavanagh
How To Make A Game That's Fun To Play Some tips and theory discussing what makes games fun to play. (QB Cult Magazine #13) Sane
Non-Linearity In Games Game theory article on making open-ended games. (QB Cult Magazine #17) Wildcard
Writing User Friendly Programs What you should and shouldn't do to make your programs easy and intuitive for users to use... and not frusterating. (QB Cult Magazine #2) Matthew R. Knight
Player Too Strategies for making two player games in QB; either having two players play with the same keyboard, or playing over the phone modem. (QDF #1) Lord Acidus
"What Are You Doing Dave?" A rudimentary introduction to Artificial Intelligence programming. Simple stuff. (QDF #2) Lord Acidus
Game Design Short theory article on how to make your games challenging, entertaining and unique. (Razor Diskmag #1) Tim Ryan
How To Program Everything - A Step By Step Guide "There has only ever been one program ever written, and every other has been a clone of that. In these paragraphs, I'm going to explain The One Program in detail, I'm going to point how that original program works, and how you can use the innate knowledge of The One Program to code anything you've ever wanted." (QBOA Issue 11) SJ Zero
The PC Game Programmer's Encyclopedia The PC Game Programmer's Encyclopedia.. LOTS of great resources! Mark Feldman (editor)

Tile Engines
Scrolling A great scrolling tutorial, includes examples for MODE X, regular 13H scrolling, and parallax scrolling. Psuedo-code. Alec Thomas
Pixel By Pixel Scrolling Wanna make a pixel scroller? This will show you how. Aaron Severn
Tile-Based Game FAQ v1.2 The famous 'Tile-Based Games FAQ' Very useful! Mostly pseudo-code Greg Taylor
Tek's Tile Engine 3 Tek's Tile-engine 3. A working demo of a tile-scrolling engine with great commentary. Budding RPG programmers, this is THE place to start! Tek
Animation An introduction to animation in an RPG tile engine. Very short. Tal Bereznitskey
Clipping Clipping -- cutting up a sprite and only putting part of it down -- is explained. Useful if you want to make a pixel*pixel scrolling engine. Entropy
Tile-by-Tile Scrolling A beginner's look at tile engines; well-documented and easy to understand code, but it will only make the simplest tile engine imaginable. Entropy
TileEx A barebones tile engine with very well-commented source code. James Tonn
Special Effects for a Tile Engine A great tutorial covering the following tile engine special effects: animated objects, particle systems, water flow and reflections, high grass (over tiles) and more. Michael Dowling (Typosoft)
Making A Good RPG Engine: Setting Up An overview of how to get started on your RPG engine. This explains which modules you should include, which variables to allocate at the beginning of your RPG, and what you should do about a map editor. Doesn't really teach you commands or techniques -- it's more of an outline. Michael Dowling (Typosoft)
Z-Buffer A brief discussion on using the Z-Buffer in 2D, sprite-based games to have multiple layers of sprites. Kackurot
RPG Development and Design Series Four short tutorials on RPG Development from Venosoft (venosoft.com). Focuses mainly on Engine Development, and discusses methods for QB, VB and C/C++. The code examples, however, are in C++. jkettles16
Tile Graphics Techniques 1.0 A theory article explaining the techniques behind many parts of a tile engine, including clipping, masking, plotting tiles, NPCs, objects, maps, map layers, and some scripting techniques. Highly recommended. Jason McIntosh
Making a TRUE Pixel Scrolling Engine at Tile Scrolling Speeds Making an optimized pixel-scrolling engine in QB. (QBOA Issue 2) QbProgger
Creating A Physics-Based Scroller Making your game engine based on Velocity, Acceleration, Friction, or other environmental variables instead of a uniform speed environment. (QB Cult Magazine #7) QbProgger
Physics Engines Part 2 "Fighter Games In A Nutshell." A very short summary of a typical 2D fighting game algorithm. (QB Cult Magazine #8) QbProgger
Map Engines: Zelda Style Free Movement and Pixel by Pixel Scrolling How to make your own pixel scrolling engine, like you see in Zelda-style adventure games. (QB Times #3) Maz (Greg McAusland)
A Real Easy Pixel*Tile Engine Using Blast! How to create a simple RPG tile engine using the old Blast! graphics engine. Based on Tsugumo's RPG engine. (VSNews Aug. '98) 19day

Other Game Engine Tutorials
How To Program Text Adventures A nice tutorial covering many aspects of text adventure programming, such as the Parser, moving around your world, and usable objects to pick up. Terry Cavanagh
PlatForm Engines 101 Creating a simple platform engine from a regular old pixel scrolling engine. (QBOA Issue 4) Necrolyte
Finite State Machines For Fighting Game Design (Part 1) "A finite state machine (henceforth abbreviated FSM) is an automaton with a finite set of subroutines, each of which performs some function and then employs some criterion to choose the next subroutine to jump to. Each subroutine is called a "state", and the FSM is said to be in a given state when it is currently processing the directives in that state. A FSM can only be in one state at any given time." (QBOA Issue 11) Nekrophidius
'Doom' 3D Engine Techniques A very thorough explanation of how Doom's raytracing engine works, as well as enemies, bullet trajectories and more. Includes little actual code, but gives a good theoretical explanation of the engine. (QB Times #9) Brian 'Neuromancer' Marshall
Preliminary Particle Systems A source-code heavy introduction to creating simple particle systems for your game. This is useful for things like gunfire and explosion effects. (QBXL) SJ Zero
Using Circle Routines As Title Screens A rather pointless tutorial on designing your own program title screen through CIRCLE statements. (BASIX Fanzine #16) Gloria McMillan
Collision Detection A simple method of collision detection based on the pixel color of a sprite's outline. (BASIX Fanzine #4) Adrian Sills
Heightmapped Landscapes Creating 3D landscapes from 2D color-coded images. A really neat technique. (QB Cult Magazine #17) Qasir
Index Lists Using index lists (simple 'lists' of 'array subscripts') to speed up your game's object handling routine. Written specifically for shooting games with a lot of bullets to keep track of at once. (QB:TM #12) MA SNART

RPG Scripting
Realistic NPCs (Active vs Reactive) A theory article posted on a Usenet group that discusses how to make NPCs act more intelligent. Dan Shiovitz
Scripting in QB How to make a very basic scripting engine for your RPG. Does not explain the theory behind scripting (or what you're really trying to achieve) -- just jumps right into the code. Kackurot
Build Style Scripting An interesting scripting tutorial that explains how to incorporate scripting into an already well-developed game engine. Comes with a lot of source. SJ Zero
Scripting And You A great explanation of how to make a scripting engine for your QB RPG. Includes sourcecode for a well-made scripting engine that is easy to understand. Michael Dowling (Typosoft)
19Day's Scripting Tutorial Probably the first QB RPG scripting tutorial that came out, this one is still relevant. Covers a lot of theory and interesting ideas, and concludes with a list of command ideas you can use to improve your scripting engine. 19Day
Smart NPCs Some theory and speculating on how to make NPCs in your RPG act intelligently. Includes only pseudo-code, but makes some interesting points. Dancer
RPG Tutorial - Object Systems Increase the complexity and interactivity of your RPG engine by making every object in your world interactive -- for both the player and the NPCs to play around with. (QB Cult Magazine #5) QbProgger
Script Engines 19day's old scripting tutorial, reformatted by QBCM so that it's easier to read than the original text version. (QB Cult Magazine #7) 19day
Object Systems! Introduction to creating an object system for your RPG. (QBOA Issue 1) QbProgger
Writing Your Own Scripting Language One simple method of creating a scripting language for events in your game. (QB Times #1) Nightwolf
Writing Your Own Scripting Language (Part 2) Expanding on the scripting engine described in part one: adding variables, equations, and a whole lot more. Lots of source.(QB Times #3) Nightwolf
RPG Script Language Introduction to RPG scripting engines; handling NPC conversations and message boxes. (QB:TM #5) MA SNART
BUILD Style Scripting Creating a script routine similar to the BUILD-Engine, which allows your NPCs or environment to react to your character based on pre-determined external scripts. (QBXL) SJ Zero
RPG Dialogue Engines Create a simple NPC scripting engine using the instructions in this tutorial. Covers the theory behind scripting engines quite well. (VSNews Nov. '98) 19day

General RPG Tutorials
Medieval Economics An role playing game theory document that explains relative prices for different items in medieval Europe. Useful if you want to make your medieval RPG historically accurate (though historical accuracy usually makes games a whole lot more boring, heh). Phillip McGregor
QB-RPG Techniques This tutorial takes an unconventional look at RPG-making. It explains techniques like creating your game map as a string array instead of an integer array, some theory behind improving your game's shops by adding the option to barter, and some neat under-used special effects. Tal Bereznitskey
How To Make Your RPG Not Suck A rant that discusses many of the pitfalls of amateur (and some professional) RPGs. Has a lot of great ideas and theory on topics like storylines, NPC scripting engines, your tile engine and more. Frozen Emu
Adventure Game Making : Episode 1 Incorporating good puzzle elements in your QB adventure game. (QBOA Issue 3) The Specialist
Plots, characters, and bears Oh My! Eliminating the "Do this. Do that." interface of plot design in your QB RPG. (QBOA Issue 3) QbProgger
RPGs Unravelled What you should do in the planning and story design stages of your RPG development. A game design theory tutorial. (QB Times #9) Nightwolf
RPG Battle Design An article on designing fun RPG battle engines that will keep gamers interested. Covers a lot of theory over different styles of engines, and keeping your battles fresh and enjoyable. (QB:TM #11) Zkman
RPG Story Writing How to improve your RPG's backstory, plot events and character interaction. (QB:TM #9) Zkman
Plots, Characters and Bears! Oh My! Nine tips for making a non-cliched RPG. (QB Cult Magazine #7) QbProgger
RPG Development, Part 1 Useful tutorial on creating highly-modular RPGs, either through scripts, subroutines, or CHAINing together several .bas files. Goes over some preliminary engine design code too. (QB Cult Magazine #12) Matt2Jones
Creating Shining-Force-like Battle Engines Short introduction on making your own tactical battle engines in QB. (QB Times #7) Maxx
Shining Force-like Battle Engines (Part 2) Covers character movement and restrictions to movement for your tactical battle engine. (QB Times #8) Maxx

Rems' Game Programming Tutorials
Part 1: The Plan Part 1: Getting Started - The Plan. Martin Rampersad
Part 2: Program Bottom Up Part 2: Getting Started - Program... Bottoms up! Martin Rampersad
Part 3: Let's Get Going Already Part 3: Getting Started - Lets get going already! Martin Rampersad

DarkDread's RPG Tutorials
Part One: Getting Started Part one of this nifty series: Why planning is crucial in an RPG. Darkdread
Part Two: The 2D Tile Based Engine Part two: The really juicy part.... the scrolling engine Darkdread
Part Three: Enemy Encounter Engine Part Three: Enemy encounters, and battle engine stuff. Darkdread
Part Three, Section II: Encounter Engine Addons Covers addons for your battle engine, such as magic, multiple enemies and artificial intelligence. DarkDread
2D Engine The example engine included with these tutorials. Darkdread
RPG Battle Engines Excellent thorough tutorial on making Final Fantasy-style RPG battle engines in QB. Includes a lot of source code. (QB:TM #12) DarkDread
QBasic RPG Tutorial Issue 1 The start of another QB RPG programming series by DarkDread. This one covers graphics arrays, making sprites from DATA statements, and loading GIFs with custom palettes. DarkDread

Fling-master's RPG Creation 101
RPG Creation 101 (Part 1) The beginning of Fling-master's great RPG series. This first part discusses standard RPG engines, and shows you how to make a simple tile engine. (QB Chronicles #1) Fling-master
RPG Creation 101 (Part 2) Part 2 of a great series. This edition shows you how to expand your engine to accomodate NPCs into your RPG world. (QB Chronicles #2) Fling-master
RPG Creation 101 (Part 3) Another expansion on the NPC engine. This explains how to make your NPCs walk around, talk, and react to your player. (QB Chronicles #4) Fling-master

RRC2Soft RPG Programming Tutorials Series
File 0: Graphic mode 320x200x256 An RPG programming series not specifically for QB, but it's VERY helpful, with lots of great examples. Includes a lot of ASM source code. This first tutorial covers things you should know before you start your game: segments and offsets, the 320x200x256 screen mode, the vertical retrace, virtual screens and source code. RRC2Soft
File 1: Graphic Creation and Usage Covers sprites, useful graphics formats and the how you should go about creating sprites for your game. RRC2Soft
File 2: Tiles Discusses the art / theory aspect of RPG sprites. Tells you what you should put in your tiles, how to compose a map, about animation, transparent tiles, palette rotation and more. RRC2Soft
File 3: Maps & Their Problems How to make good tile maps. Also discusses movement flags, enemy encounters, plot events and more. RRC2Soft
File 4: Script languages, compilers and Interpreters Making a scripting language for NPC conversations and RPG plot events. RRC2Soft
File 5: Combats & Types of Combats CRPG Combat engines and their history -- Discusses dozens of different battle engines that have been used over the years in professional compuer RPGs. Analyzes the good and bad points of engines from Dragon Quest to Final Fantasy VIII. RRC2Soft

Ramblings of a Crazed RPG Programmer
Ramblings of a Crazed RPG Programmer: Advanced Quest Design A simple method of managing RPG quests and plot pieces, and modifying how NPCs will react to you at various points during your quest. (QB Times #1) Michael Hoopmann
Ramblings of a Crazed RPG Programmer: Plot Design How to make an intriguing and fun RPG plot for your QB game. Theory on what makes games fun to play. (QB Times #2) Michael Hoopmann
Ramblings of a Crazed RPG Programmer: Virtual Inhabitants Theory article on NPCs, enemies and other party members, which will help make your RPG world seem more "alive". (QB Times #4) Michael Hoopmann
Ramblings of a Crazed RPG Programmer: NPCs Programming NPCs into your RPG the easy way. Includes animation and movement instructions, as well as some preliminary scripting elements. (QB Times #4) Michael Hoopmann

Vic's Tutorials
Tutorial 1 Basic Basic Tutorial I Vic
Tutorial 2 Graphics Vic
Tutorial 3 Game Techniques Vic
Tutorial 3.5 Game Techniques Revisited Vic
Tutorial 4 Mouse Control Vic
Tutorial 5 Bitmaps Vic
Tutorial 6 BIT BLT (Bit Block) Vic
Tutorial 7 Advanced Sprite Movement Vic
Tutorial 8 3D Vic
Tutorial 9 Game Tutorial II Vic
Tutorial 10 RPG's Vic
Tutorial 11 SUB's Vic
Tutorial 12 Basic ASM Vic
Tutorial 13 Using Basic ASM in Your Program Vic
Tutorial 14 2D Rotation Vic
Tutorial 15 Making QB Libraries Vic
Tutorial 16 Making QB Libraries Vic
Tutorial 17 Qbasic is 5 million other languges Vic
Tutorial 18 Multiple instances Vic
Tutorial 19 Direct QB Vic
Tutorial 20 Scrolling Vic
Tutorial 20.5 Scrolling Revisited Vic
Tutorial 21 What Have I missed Vic
Tutorial 22 Programming Apathy... Vic
Direct QB The famous DirectQB library, which Vic teaches you how to use in his series. (Tutorial #19) Angelo Mottola
Library Tutorial Libraries This is Vic's simple QB library which goes with Tutorial #15 and #16. Vic

Submitted Game Design Tutorials
Levi.doc Levi's Game Plot tutorial. An on going attempt at covering the vast number of elements one should consider when making a computer game. Just a general tutorial on basic plot line and character development, not in depth in any way. (QB Express #1) (Submitted by Levi on July 29, 2004) Levi
Scrolling Credits.txt Scrolling Credits!. How to make your credits scroll from the bottom of the screen and up off the top. (Submitted by Kevin on December 14, 2004) x.t.r.GRAPHICS
Dialogue and Character creation.doc Dialogue and Character Creation --Game Plot lines 2. Today I thought I'd finally update these tutorials and bring to you a very important concept. Dialogue. How is dialogues made? How does it push the story forward? I answer all of these questions and more in this tutorial. Enjoy. (QB Express #8) (Submitted by Levi on February 23, 2005) Levi


Animated Graphics in QBasic Using DATA statements to make graphics. Beginner stuff, loads of source. Mallard
Game Tutorial Series - Graphics SCREEN, PSET, LINE, CIRCLE and DATA statement graphics, in a nutshell. (QB Cult Magazine #2) Provgamer
Graphics Tutorial A good beginners' graphics tutorial, including CIRCLE, LINE, PAINT, PSET, and SCREEN modes. Chris Williamson
Graphics Tutorial on BASIC Take all the small graphics tutorials you've seen around and combine them, and this is what you get. Covers the basic built-in commands (LINE, DRAW, PSET, etc.), how to draw graphics with DATA statements, GET and PUT, using multiple pages, masking, editing the palette, BSAVE / BLOAD, fast palette and reducing flicker. Lucas K. Tavares
Jonathon's Advanced Graphics Tutorial An overview of graphics programming in QB that covers some lesser-known techniques like using multiple pages in SCREEN 7, 8 and 9. However, this tutorial is hardly "advanced". Jonathon
Screen 13 Graphics Introduction to Screen 13 and plotting pixels with POKE rather than PSET. (BASIX Newsletter #1) Screech
Screen 13 Graphics Part 2 Includes ASM and Blast! routines for plotting a pixel, and information on manipulating the RGB Palette. (BASIX Newsletter #2) Screech

Mode 13 VGA GET/PUT Information and Techniques THE tutorial on using GET and PUT, along with DIMing your graphics. Andrew L. Ayers
GIF 2 BSV Learn how to convert a .gif to a BSAVE file, which makes loading much faster. James Kurth
Bsaving and Bloading in QBasic BLOAD and BSAVE in EGA/VGA Mallard
Sprites #1 Part 1 of an In-depth tutorial on making and plotting sprites. Unknown
Sprites #2 Part 2 of the sprite tutorial -- BSAVING, BLOADING, masking and more. Unknown
QB Graphics Tutorials Graphics arrays, GET and PUT. This tutorial is nicely-formatted and comes with a lot of code examples. RokFOX
Sprites in QBASIC Covers the basics you'd expect, but also goes into things like page flipping, transparency and clipping. Additionally, this includes source code for "Making a new PUT", a pure QB improvement over the native PUT statement. Ted Felix
Saving and Loading Graphics in Binary Mode Explains "What's wrong with BSAVE and BLOAD" and teaches you some simple binary graphics saving and loading techniques. Lior Zur
GET.BAS A well-commented program that introduces sprite graphics, GET and PUT and WAITing for the vertical retraice. Matt Bross
CHARN's QBasic Tutorial, Part 1 Brief explanation of screen modes and GET and PUT. CHARN
QBasic Graphics Tutorial Sprites through DATA statements, then making a tile map with your shiny new graphics. James Kinney
Beginning Sprites Explains several key aspects of drawing animated sprites. Includes animated graphical examples. (QB Cult Magazine #9) Rancid
Getting and Putting Graphics A thorough article on storing images in numeric arrays, and manipulating their appearance (such as "flipping", rotating, or changing colors in an image). (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) Frederick Volking
Manipulating Sprites in Screen 13 A GET and PUT introduction, as well as information on how to mirror (flip) sprites and a few other techniques. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 3) Fred Sexton Jr.
Power Programming: Sprite Management Covers several essential skills on sprite management that you might have missed; how to dimension proper arrays, store multiple sprites in a single array, BLOAD and BSAVE, VARSEG And VARPTR and some other topics. Useful stuff! (QB:TM #10) Seav
Saving A Graphic in Screen 13 Introduction to BSAVE and BLOAD, as well as video addresses, VARSEG and VARPTR. (BASIX Fanzine #4) James Erickson
GET...PUT For Beginners Introduction to using GET and PUT for Screen 13 graphics. Covers masking, buffers and arrays too. (QB:TM #3) NetherGoth

Palette and Colors
Controlling The Palette in QuickBasic Very well-written tutorial on palette manipulation, including instructions on fades and various eye-pleasing color effects. (QB Cult Magazine #5) Terry Cavanagh
EGA Color Layout (Base 16 Colors) An insightful explanation of the sixteen standard, "base" colors available in QB. (QB Cult Magazine #17) Nexinarus
How To Do A Good VGA Palette A good tutorial on using RGB values to set the palette. Lots of source. abionnn
How To Save and Load Screen Colors Changing the palette without the PALETTE command, and saving / loading your own custom palette. JMB
Million-Color Palette for IBM PC Explains the basics of computer color theory, and how to manipulate colors in several different screen modes. This information applies to all versions of BASIC. John and Jeff Klein
The Palette in QB Explains the basics of palette manipulation through OUT and such (the standard way of doing this, it seems), and also includes a nice explanation of how to do translucency effects, which is very helpful. (QB Chronicles #2) Fling-master
Palette Tricks By Zkman *Another* palette tutorial. This one was featured in QB:TM. Contains some great info on doing translucency by using a lookup table. Zkman
Palettes in QBasic (Part A) Basics of Palette manipulation, and how to speed it up through interrupts. (BASIX Fanzine #6) Joe Lawrence
QB's Palette All about adjusting QB's palette...without the PALETTE statement. Includes some sample programs that demonstrate some of the neat tricks you can achieve through palette rotation. James Kinney
Saving The Pallete With Your Sprites How to save the palette along with the BSAVE image data into one image file. (QB:TM #11) Nekrophidius
Understanding The VGA Palette A standard introduction to editing the color palette in QB. This one also includes instructions on doing palette fades and gradients. (QB Cult Magazine #1) Matthew R. Knight
The VGA Palette, QBasic, and You A palette tutorial. Very nice, and in-depth. Lots of source Brian Bartels

BMP Slideshow Animations Learn how to animate a series of BMP images with this tutorial. A nice example of how to do a cinematic-type sequence in QB. Unknown
Waiting For The Vertical Retrace A small tutorial discussing one method of reducing flicker in your program. Teaches you how to wait for the Vertical Retrace. HAL_8900
Generating Animations Using QBASIC Covers the fundamentals of animation in QBASIC. This is for absolute beginners. Peter Smith

3D Graphics
3D in QB An introduction to how three dimensional graphics work, and some short code examples. (QB Times #2) BlackBird
3D Graphics Introduction to creating 3D graphics and objects in commercially-available 3D rendering software. (QB Times #7) Nightwolf
3D Graphics (Part 2) Using Extreme 3D to design and render your first 3D graphics. (QB Times #8) Nightwolf
3D Graphics In BASIC: Part I Introduction to basic three-dimensional (X,Y,Z) math and 3D transformations. (BASIX Fanzine #4) Christian Garms
3D Graphics In BASIC: Part II Introduction to 3D animation, moving objects and rotating objects. Covers other topics too, such as double buffering. (BASIX Fanzine #8) Christian Garms
3D Graphics Rendering, Part 1 Explains shading the colors of 3D objects based on the arithmetic mean. Mostly pseudo-code. (BASIX Fanzine #13) Damien Nikodem
3D Tutorial A short tutorial accompanied by a 3D utility program with some valuable code examples that can help introduce you to 3D graphics. (QBXL) Xerol
3D Tutorial For QBasic A huge 3D graphics tutorial with a TON of source. This goes into a lot of depth, covering advanced material like raycasting and 3D shading. Matt Bross
BASIC Guide to 3D Programming Covers the very basics of 3D programming, with an introduction to 3D space. This tutorial shows you how to draw a 3D cube. Chronomaster
The Basics of 3D Graphics For QBasic A great tutorial on 3D graphics in QB with source. Includes an intro to 3D objects, and then shows how to create and rotate basic 3D shapes! Aaron Severn
Faster 3D Rotation Optimizations to the standard 3D rotating formulas that will save you some processing time. (QB Cult Magazine #5) Eclipzer
Hidden Surface Removal for Three-Dimensional Drawing Removing hidden / unnecessary surfaces when rendering your 3D graphics to save processing speed and prevent graphical glitches. (QB Times #8) Matthew R. Knight
Introduction to 3D Series #1 A user-friendly introduction to 3D space, with several essential equations, but very little actual sample code. (QB Cult Magazine #3) Matthew R. Knight
Introduction To 3D Series #2 Rotating 3D objects, then plotting them on the screen. (QB Cult Magazine #4) Matthew R. Knight
Implicit Surface Polygonization A short article explaining how to polygonize implicit surfaces: "The surface is not defined explicitly (as in polygons), or parametrically (as in spline grids), but rather, well, implicitly. Basically, you have a function f(x,y,z) which is 0 for any point on a closed surface, negative on the 'inside' of that surface, and positive on the 'outside'." (QBOA Issue 4) Logiclrd
Jian2587's Raycasting Tutorial Well-written tutorial covering only the basics of raycasting. A good introduction -- read this before moving on to the other raycasting tuts. Includes some useful text diagrams. Tze Jian Chear
More About Shading, Z-Buffer and Textures Improve your 3D game program through Gouraud shading, adding textures, Phong shading and more. This is not a QB tutorial, but includes examples in both pseudo-code and ASM. Karma
One Approach to Real Time Texture Mapping Shows you how to apply textures to 3D objects...discusses texturing true polygons as well as raycasters. Unfortunately, the diagram images are missing. William D. Doughty
Perspective Projection A great explanation of the mathematics behind 3D graphics, including several text diagrams. Well-written and easy to understand! Toshi Horie
Raycasting In QBasic A tiny tutorial that introduces you to making "a game like DOOM." The majority of the content is in the included .bas file. (QB Cult Magazine #4) William Moores
Raycasting Tutorial A seven-part tutorial, which shows the evolution of a raycaster. Starts with the absolute basics, then builds on them by gradually improving the program, step-by-step. A great series -- highly recommended! Joe King
Taking the Convex Hull of a Set of Points "The convex hull of a set of points is the smallest convex polygon containing all of the points. This is a helpful thing to know when creating isosurfaces, and a bunch of other shit." (QB Cult Magazine #8) EvilGeek
Texture Mapping Mathematics This document explains the formulas that are used to perform texture mapping for a polygon. The (small amount of) source code included is for a Linux system, but the majority of the document is a listing of useful texture-mapping formulas and equations. Jorrit Tyberghein
Why Divide By Z? An excellent explanation of the process of "perspective projection" along the Z-axis in your 3D programs. (QB Cult Magazine #5) Toshi Horie
Zed3D: A Compact Reference For 3D Computer Graphics Programming A 115-page book that discusses all aspects of 3D graphics programming. Covers everything you could ever need to program a 3D game, though much of the information is incredibly advanced-- by no means meant for beginners. Sébastien Loisel

2D Graphical Manipulation / Effects
Coderz Series: Plasma Creating plasma effects through sine waves. (BASIX Fanzine #6) Peter Cooper
Coderz Series: The STATIC Effect Creating a static effect, like what you see on your TV when you're having bad reception. (BASIX Fanzine #7) Peter Cooper
2D Graphics Rotation Rotating two-dimensional sprites. Very handy tutorial. (BASIX Fanzine #9) Alex Warren
Fractals With QB - Part 1 A good explanation of what fractals are, with a lot of graphics and diagrams. Some of them are even animated. This tutorial contains no source code. (QB Cult Magazine #15) Jark
Fractals With QB - Part 2 The meat and potatoes of fractals -- how to create your own in QB. Also discusses raytracing of fractals. Includes source code and some amazing screenshots. (QB Cult Magazine #16) Jark
Puzzle Effect Explained How to create a cool "swipe" effect, as seen on the Windows installation screen. (QB Cult Magazine #16) RelSoft
Plasmas Revealed An explanation of how to make plasmas using both palette rotation and functional trigonometry. (QB Cult Magazine #17) RelSoft
2-Dimensional Rotation Short and sweet tutorial on rotating 2D sprites. (QB Cult Magazine #5) Matthew R. Knight
How To Create A Ripple Effect Making your 2D graphics "ripple" out from a point. A cool effect. (QB Cult Magazine #7) Zap
Lines With Style Using the "FUSION" routines to create cool plasma and "energy" effects. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 3) Larry Stone and Charles Graham
Bumpmapping Introduction to creating bump texture / light effects in QuickBasic. (Razor Diskmag #1) Entropy
Binding Sprites to Sinewaves Creating a "wave" animation effect on sprite-based QB games. (QBXL) SJ Zero
Coding Your Own "Fire" Routines The basics of doing the grandfather of all graphics routines, the FIRE algorithm! Phil Carlisle
Pixel Morphing Tutorial on pixel morphing. Terminator_Z
Crossfading Tutorial on crossfading Terminator_Z
QB Rotation Primer A well-written explanation of how to rotate graphics in QB, as well as change their scale, or perform other "math tricks". Essential for the graphics demo coder, but also valuable to anyone who wants to incorporate Mode 7 (SNES) style sprite effects in their game. Toshi Horie

Pixel Art
Beginning Tile Graphics A pixel art tutorial on how you should go about designing your sprites to fit together seamlessly in a grid. (QB Cult Magazine #11) Rancid
Pixel Art Step-by-step explanation of how to make a 16x16 RPG character sprite. A good template if you've got to make a lot of NPCs for your RPG. Hungry
So You Want To Be A Pixel Artist? Tsugumo's famous eleven-part tutorial series covering all aspects of pixel art for videogames. Full of great sample images, well-written, humorous, insightful and incredibly helpful. This has a heavy focus on RPG and 2D fighting game sprites. The BEST tutorial series I've ever seen. Must see! (This is an external link to Tsugumo's site, since the tutorial is almost 3MB in total.) Tsugumo
Tesselations A brief look at creating sprite-based tesselations. ("Tessellation" is the name for systems of interlocking geometric forms or shapes which fill the entire surface of the screen (or tile, or quilt, or other flat plane) without overlapping and without any gaps.) This is useful for making interlocking repeated tiles for your RPG's map. Tsugumo

Graphics File Formats
BMP's Explained Shows you how to load Windows-format BMPs in QB. (QB Cult Magazine #12) Golrien
File Formats: BMP A very thorough explanation of the bitmap file format. If you're planning on making a BMP loader, this will come in handy. (QB Times #1) Unknown
File Format: GIF 89A All you'll ever want to know about the GIF file format. (QB Times #4) CompuServe, Inc.
File Format: PCX Explanation of the PCX image file format. (QB Times #4) ZSoft Corp.
Loading BMP Files in QBasic A step-by-step tutorial on loading BMP image files in QB. Includes speed optimizations through interrupts. CGI Joe

SVGA Graphics
SVGAQB Tutorial (Part 2) Part two of Digital Dude's tutorial series on using the Zephyr SVGA library. (QBOA Issue 2) Digital Dude
SVGA Programming A short introduction to graphics screen modes and Super VGA programming. This tutorial barely scratches the surface, but includes quality source code. (QB Chronicles #4) Fling-master
Using ZSVGA (Part 1) Zephyr's SVGA Lib is a full-featured lib for QuickBasic with great SVGA functions. This will show you how to use it...or at least give you an introduction. (QBOA Issue 1) Digital Dude
VESA BIOS Core Function Standards (PDF) Specification documents for SVGA programming and VESA BIOS chips. A resource for really smart programmers. :) VESA
VESA Super VGA Standards The SVGA specs, straight from VESA. Know what you're doing before reading this. VESA

Tom Rathbone's 3D Graphics Series
Part 1: Relating 3D Points to 2D Coordinates & A 3D PSET Function Explains how to plot a 3D point into a 2D screen, and includes a useful subroutine that will automatically PSET your 3D points. Tom Rathbone
Part 2: Rotating Points, Antialiasing and Smoother Animations Using trigonometry to rotate points in 3D space, a simple but easy-to-understand anti-aliasing tutorial and waiting for the vertical retrace. Tom Rathbone

Apester's Sprite Editing Series
Part 1: Sprite Editing & Theory An introduction to sprite editing and graphical arrays using DATA statements. Apester
Part 2: More On Sprite Editing Discusses BLOAD and BSAVE, sprite masks and other miscellaneous sprite techniques. Apester
Part 3: A Decent Sprite Editor What to look for in a sprite editor and how to save and load the sprites created by your editor. This tutorial tailors to Apester's own sprite editor, ApeDraw. Apester
ApeDraw Apester's sprite editor, which is discussed in this tutorial series. Apester

Aaron Severn's SVGA Series
SVGA Series: Part I An introduction to VESA SVGA standards, and then using SVGA screen modes in QB. (QB:TM #1) Aaron Severn
SVGA Series: Part II A continuation of Aaron Severn's SVGA series; covers topics like direct color modes, page flipping and bank switching. (QB:TM #2) Aaron Severn
SVGA Series: Part III Some appendices; VESA VGA BIOS Extension function reference, VESA defined screen modes, Required TYPE definitions and descriptions and more. (QB:TM #3) Aaron Severn

Sane's 3D Graphics Series
Graphics Coding, Part 1: Basic Poly Filling Shows you how to fill in polygonal graphics with solid colors. (QB Cult Magazine #10) Sane
Graphics Programming, Part 2: Gouraud Shaded Polys An explanation on doing simple gouraud shading, which mimics the effects of light shining on 3D objects. (QB Cult Magazine #11) Sane
Graphics Coding, Part 3: Texture Mapped Polys How to map 2D bitmap textures onto your polygons. (QB Cult Magazine #12) Sane
Graphics Coding, Part 4: A Basic 3D Engine Creating a very basic 3D engine out of polygons. (QB Cult Magazine #13) Sane
Graphics Coding, Part 5: 3D Rotations and Backface Culling How rotate your 3D objects and draw them on screen -- while avoiding drawing the polygons you don't see. Includes diagrams. (QB Cult Magazine #14) Sane

Damien Nikodem's Graphics Series
Graphics In QBasic Tutorial (Part 1) Explains how to use the palette and plot pixels using interrupts. (BASIX Fanzine #10) Damian Nikodem
Graphics In QBasic Tutorial (Part 2) A brief summary of the PCX image file format. (BASIX Fanzine #11) Damian Nikodem
Graphics In QBasic Tutorial (Part 3) Discusses "randomic algorithms" -- creating graphical effects based on random variables. There is an example on how to make a random number grass routine included. (BASIX Fanzine #12) Damien Nikodem

Gavan's Pixel Art Series
Pixel Art Series #1 The Dark Ages 2 graphics artist provides an introduction to pixel art theory, and covers topics like shading, texturing and creating metallic / chrome effects. (QB:TM #10) Gavan
Pixel Art Series #2 Instructions on doing many common graphic effects in pixel art: bump, diffusion, extrusion, pattern, and specular mapping; transparency and refraction effects; dithered or hue/value transparency; true refraction and pseudo-refraction; and more. (QB:TM #11) Gavan
Pixel Art Series #3 Discusses seamless tiling and eliminating that "grid" look on your sprites. (QB:TM #12) Gavan

RelSoft's 3D Series
Chapter 1: Entering The 3D Dimension Part 1 of the ultimate QB 3D series. Covers 3D projection, 2D and 3D rotations, 3D coordinate systems, polygon fills, normals and lightsourcing, rendering multiple objects and designing a 3D game engine. Relsoft
Chapter 2: Rotation -- The How's and Why's All about rotation, including the math to back it up! Relsoft
Chapter 3: Vectors Are Cool! Moving your 3D objects along vector lines, and much more dealing with vectors. Relsoft
Chapter 4: Matrices Are Your Friends How to simplify your 3D graphics routines by making use of matrices. Relsoft

QB:TM 3D Series by MA SNART and Alias
3D Series: Part 2 Translation and rotation across 2D planes. Includes quite a bit of source. (QB:TM #7) MA SNART
3D Series: Part 3 ASTEROIDS as a primer to 3d; make your own 3D "Asteroids" clone. Includes source and a lot of commentary. (QB:TM #8) MA SNART
3D Series: Part 4 An introduction to an alternate 3D graphics method: voxels. (QB:TM #9) Alias and MA SNART
3D Series: Part 5 Brief introduction to creating voxel-based 3D landscapes, and then a summary of other methods of creating 3D environments. (QB:TM #10) Alias
3D Series Part 6: Interpolation For Dummies Using list voxels and editors to create 3D environments with voxels. (QB:TM #11) Alias
3D Series Part 7: Voxel Render Problems Explains how to solve problems that might occur when rendering voxel graphics, such as solidity issues, hollowness, etc. (QB:TM #12) Alias

Beginner's Guide To VARSEG and VARPTR Shows you how to use VARSEG and VARPTR. Unlike most tutorials, it actually shows you how these commands work so you understand, instead of just giving you example code that uses the commands. (QB Chronicles #1) Fling-master
Double Buffering Speeding up and smoothing out your graphics without the use of external libraries through the process of double buffering. (VSNews Jan. '99) Richard Russo
Graphical Memory Virtual screens, memory addressing and more. Lots of good stuff on dealing with bitmap graphics in QB. (QB:TM #8) WhiteShadow
Page Flipping in 13h One method of page flipping in Screen 13 -- which isn't a built-in function of QB like on other screen modes (ie: 7). This is a work around to the limited array sizes allowed by QB. (QB Cult Magazine #1) Matthew R. Knight
Tutorial For OUT, PEEK and POKE A good tutorial for using OUT, PEEK, and POKE in your programs. Danny Beardsley

Submitted Graphics Tutorials
bsave.txt QBasic BSAVE Files. Shows you how to BSAVE and BLOAD graphics in Screen 13, and discusses memory offsets. (Submitted by Pete on July 21, 2004) Tek


DMA Play 5 If you want to play .wav files in your program, take a gander at this. This program can play 8-bit and 16-bit .wav files in both mono and stereo! Mike Huff, Martin Rampersad & Toshi Horie
DMA Play 6 The newest version of the acclaimed QB WAV player. Toshi Horie
DMA WAV A well-commented WAV player for QB. Reading over this program can give you a good understanding of the .WAV file format and how to create SoundBlaster sound effects. Ken Rockot
Play.bas A good explanation of how to use the PLAY command, which is presented through a well-commented example program. This plays "All Apologies" by Nirvana. Mallard
Music, Sounds, ON PLAY and Using the Soundcard A good overview of creating sound / music with QB's built-in sound statements. Toward the end, it goes into some more advanced topics like using the soundcard and the microphone. Anastasios Yalanopoulos
Programming the SoundBlaster Card An introduction to programming the SoundBlaster and using the DSP (Digital Sound Processing chip). Gives the basics you'll need to play WAV, VOC or RAW files. (BASIX Fanzine #1) Peter Cooper
Manipulating Sound In QBasic An old tutorial posted on a BBS with a wealth of information on using interrupts to play sound on both a soundcard and the internal speaker. (QB Cult Magazine #3) Edward Schlunder
Soundcard Special How to program the Soundblaster Card, and an explanation of the MIDI file format. (QB Times #2) Nightwolf
Making a basic GDM player Using BWSB's GDM sound format can be a pain -- but this tutorial will make it easy. (QB Times #3) Nekrophidius
BWSB Revealed: Sound Effects Using the BWSB (Bells, Whistles and Soundboards) library to add complex sound effects into your QB program. (QB Times #4) Nekrophidius
MOD Player Tutorial Create your own MOD audio player in QB. (QB:TM #11) Bill McDonald

MIDI Composing
MIDI Composing Be Mozart, thanks to 19day. An introduction to MIDI composing and the MIDI file format. (QB:TM #7) 19day
MIDI Composing: Part II A continuation of this MIDI composing tutorial, with information on composing with WinJammer, and then a bit about putting them into your game. (QB:TM #8) 19day
Basics of Tracking: Part One "For those of you unfamiliar with the term "tracking", in this sense, it refers to digital music creation. This is not a tutorial on how to make a MIDI, if you want that, go elsewhere. This is merely an informational article on a different style of music format that has been gaining popularity in the QB gaming world in the last years." (QBOA Issue 7) Nekrophidius
Basics of Tracking: Part Two The second part of this series on Tracking. This explains how to make your own songs using the shareware program Modplug. (QBOA Issue 8) Nekrophidius

Creating an Audio-CD Player In BASIC Series
Creating an Audio-CD Player in BASIC (Part 1) How to detect CD drives and communicate with the hardware using QB4.5 or VBDOS. (BASIX Fanzine #5) Marco Koegler
Creating an Audio-CD Player in BASIC (Part 2) Using interrupts to perform basic CD drive functions, like resetting the drive or finding the drive number. (BASIX Fanzine #6) Marco Koegler
Creating an Audio-CD Player in BASIC (Part 3) Getting information about the audio CD, like the start address and number of sectors to play. (BASIX Fanzine #7) Marco Koegler

Submitted Sound Tutorials
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ABC Packets FAQs All of the FAQs (frequently asked questions) from the ABC packets. Lots of good stuff here. Various
Frequently Asked Questions: QBasic Many different programming examples, very useful. W.M. Bergmann (editor)
BIOS Calls in QuickBasic Ever wanted to program your BIOS through QB? Read this. Aaron Severn
Bits A good explanation of BITs and BYTEs. Includes source Ximmer
Computer History Up To 1952 A history of the computer up to 1952. Not really relating to QB, but you should still read it. Mark Brader
Compiling A tutorial that shows you how to split up and link together .bas files when your program gets too large to compile. WisdomDude
Segments and Offsets Segments and Offsets explained. Short. Milo Sedlacek
PC Magazine's POKEs & PEEKs An excellent and in-depth article on using PEEK and POKE. This one is unique because it contains info on not just using PEEK and POKE for graphics, but also for accessing just about anything on your computer! (From PC Magazine.) David I. Schneider
TSR Programming in QuickBasic Explains how to write a TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) program in QB, which is useful because DOS can't run more than one program at once. TSRs are a work-around. G.M. McKay
QB Error Codes A list of all the QBasic / QuickBasic error codes that you might face while debugging. Microsoft
Appending Data to a .EXE File This tutorial explains how you can append a data file, such as BMP, to the end of a compiled QuickBasic program (an EXE file) and have the program access it when it's running. Dav
QB Mini Encyclopedia Hur's famous QB Mini Encyclopedia. It has more than 50 QB tutorials that Hur found interesting, and comes with a custom GUI program for viewing the tuts. Useful, but many of the topics discussed have since been covered by better tutorials. Hur
Building a Compiler An extremely brief look at making your own compiler. For beginners. Brenden Homan
Copyrights How to protect your intellectual property through copyrights. Teaches you what you need to do to ensure that someone else can't steal your code. Antony Chesworth
Bit Manipulation Doorknob Software explains how to change values on a binary level. This tutorial focuses on changing colors on a bit-by-bit basis, but the information applies to all binary values. Doorknob Software
Using Interrupts in QuickBasic An overview of how to use interrupts. Includes several examples and then culminates in an interrupt BMP loader program. CGI Joe
Using QBASIC to "Prepend" to All Lines in a File "QBASIC allows a straightforward solution to the problem of how to add any desired text to the beginning of all lines in a file." Unknown
Simple Physics Programming A collection of small programs and formulas which simulate various physics effects like wheel skidding, bullet trajectories and car braking. Twisted Matrix
The Matrix Tutorial "This program uses basic Matrices with the traditional two for-next loops to display rows and columns." A .BAS program with a built-in tutorial. Truth and Reconciliation
PEEK, POKE, Memory Management and I/O Ports Covers BSAVE and BLOAD, PEEK and POKE and much more. This also teaches you memory commands like DEF SEG, FRE, SADD, SETMEM and CLEAR. I/O commands discussed include INP, OUT, Peek and Poke. The three V's are also discussed: VARPTR, VARPTR$ and VARSEG. Many more commands are covered too. This tutorial covers a ton of random commands, so it's hard to summarize in a few lines. Check it out! Anastasios Yalanopoulos
How To Compute Planetary Positions A collection of formulas and algorithms to compute elliptical orbits, adjust orbits based on gravity and to mimic the orbits of all the planets in our solar system. Good for making space shooter games, and these formulas can be used to plot the "orbits" of anything, including enemies and bullets. Paul Schlyter
Advanced Speed Optimization Techniques for QB This has some great tricks for speeding up your program, such as unrolling loops, code movement, precalculated numbers and constants, variable caching, POKE over PSET, and a whole lot more. Highly recommended! Toshi Horie
QuickBasic Summary A brief outline of just about everything you need to know about QB. It's more of a cheat sheet / reference document that can refresh you on various commands and how to use the GUI. This covers EVERYTHING, but is not thorough at all. Prof. Nam Sun Wang
Intermediate Programming Tips (Part 1) Discusses user-defined variable types and screen swapping in various screen modes. (BASIX Fanzine #12) Alex Warren
Long Filenames From DOS Avoiding "Bad Filename" errors when you try to load long Windows filenames in your QB programs. (BASIX Fanzine #11) Alex Warren
Including Files In EXEs Explains how to append binary files to the end of your EXE programs for use within the program. (BASIX Fanzine #12) Ollie Cook
Data Manipulation Tutorials, Parts 1 & 2 Part 1 explains many data encryption techniques, including Bit Shifting and Bit Switching. Part 2 explains how to create your own file format, and the basics of reading and decoding other peoples' file formats. (BASIX Fanzine #13) Damien Nikodem
Heuristics For A Self-Organizing Sequential File Theory article describing what a program must do to self-organize a sequential file, instead of always re-creating files start-to-finish. (BASIX Fanzine #13) RudeJohn
Basiliar Data Types Covers the various different types of variables available in QB, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how to use them effectively. Goes into great depth. (BASIX Fanzine #16) Unknown
Fast Read From A File Explains a quicker way to open binary data files in QB -- instead of byte by byte, you can now open them faster by using a buffer. (BASIX Fanzine #16) Thomas Laguzzi
Sleep Via Interrupt Mimic the native QB SLEEP command with ASM code and interrupts which will not fill up your buffer. (BASIX Fanzine #16) Thomas Laguzzi
Manipulating External Files Explains how to use external data files in great depth. Covers OPEN, INPUT, OUTPUT, RANDOM, BINARY, APPEND, LINE INPUT, GET, PUT, EOF and LOF...and more. Very useful! (BASIX Fanzine #17) Chris Neth
Formatting Text Into Checkese Tutorial on writing out numbers in English text. "Checkese" is taken from the word "check", because we write dollar amounts in both English text and numbers in order to prevent banking mistakes. (BASIX Fanzine #17) The Math Wizard
Reading The CMOS Accessing the CMOS to determine how much memory your computer has, especially if your BIOS returns the wrong amount. (BASIX Fanzine #2) John Woodgate
All About ANSI An introduction to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) codes, which are used for controlling output on a remote computer. A thorough introduction. (BASIX Fanzine #3) Ben Ashley
Binary Tree Search Part of the Wrox Press's QBasic book, this tutorial discusses searching through pyramid-ordered data sets. (BASIX Fanzine #3) Adrian Sill
Rant: Advanced Math Vs. Programming How much math do you need to know to be a good QB programmer? This tutorial also does a good job of explaining how to use the oft-misunderstood logical operators AND and XOR. (QB Chronicles #3) Singsong
To All Space Wasters Out There Some simple ways to decrease the file size of your finished QB programs, for people with limited bandwidth or harddrive space. (QB Cult Magazine #14) Sane
Making A Formatted Text Viewer Using DQB - Part 1 Instructions on making a readme viewer for your QB program, in case you want to include documentation or a help file for your user to read. (QB Cult Magazine #15) Zap
Object Oriented BASIC - Possibility or Pipe Dream? Pseudo-code rich article on treating BASIC programming as if it were object-oriented. An interesting and insightful read. (QB Cult Magazine #3) Unknown
Coding A Compiler Series #1 A brief overview of how to make your own compiler. It briefly covers many important elements of a compiler, with source code examples of an very simple compiler. (QB Cult Magazine #4) Gabriel Fernandez
Using The FPU "The FPU is a math processor inside your computers processor. Early computers had an external FPU processor, unlike today." This tutorial tells you how to make use of the FPU, with the help of a little bit of assembler. (QB Cult Magazine #6) Frej
Introduction To Trigonometry Your introduction to SIN, COSINE and TANGENT, as well as the Pythagorean Theorem...and more. Some basic math that is absolutely essential for any type of advanced programming. (QB Cult Magazine #7) Matthew R. Knight
Errorcodes, Long File Names, and Other Neat Tricks Two unrelated topics discussed in one tutorial: Errorlevels and using "Long" (Windows) filenames in QB. (QB Cult Magazine #8) Christopher Charabaruk
Appending Data To Your .EXEs "Sometimes, you'll want to have certain data for your program that you don't want to put into a seperate data file (configuration info, CRC signiture for the program part of the executable or other files, etc.). There is a method to check data at the end of your program's .exe file, and to write to it too." (QB Cult Magazine #9) Chris Charabaruk
The Printer Is Your Slave! Printing text on to your printer using LPRINT. This also discusses more advanced options like outputting italics or underlined text. (QDF #2) Lord Acidus
The Boolean Hell Boolean logic in QB. Explains AND, OR and XOR, as well as how binary numbers work. (QDF #2) Lord Acidus
Face Lift: Signed Variables Improving the speed of your program through signed number variables (ie: integers instead of floating points). Helpful and well-written. (QDF #2) Lord Acidus
Booting Your Computer A look at what happens to your computer when it boots, and some methods to reboot your computer through QB. (QDF #3) Lord Acidus
"My Mind Is Going..." Using COMMONs and CHAINs to "dump" data and share it between several different programs / modules. (QDF #4) Lord Acidus
Warping The CPU How to physically modify the annoying internal PC speaker. This tutorial explains how to add a volume control, a headphone jack and an on/off switch. It even explains how to attach a stereo...but I don't know why you'd want PC speaker music playing on your stereo. :P (QDF #4) Lord Acidus
QuickBasic Directories How to do directory searches in QB by utilizing DOS directly via Interrupt. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 1) Hector Plasmic
QuickInsert Sort Algorithm Explains how to use and improve upon the free Microsoft QuickSort program, which comes packaged with QuickBasic. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 1) Larry Stone
Using Stub Files to Reduce EXE Size "Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System version 7.1 comes with many 'stub' files to help reduce the size of your EXE programs. By linking with these stub files under certain conditions, you will see reductions in EXE size of 2 - 15K." (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 1) David Cleary
File Types 100 "This article will familiarize beginners to computer programming and the QuickBASIC programming language with the basics of file creation and a brief on the types of files generally used in computer programs." (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 2) Richard Vannoy
Indexing 101 The basics of file indexing. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 2) Richard Vannoy
Using The PSP Using COMMAND$ and interrupts to look at the PSP (Program Segment Prefix); useful if you'd like to load your programs from DOS using command line switches. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) Hector Plasmic
Using The DOS EXEC Function From QB Receiving ERRORLEVEL messages from DOS's SHELL command. Requires assembler. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) Harold Thomson
The Speedy INSTR Function - Programming a Backwards INSTR Routine Searching a string for a sub-string using the INSTR function instead of a FOR...NEXT loop. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) Larry Stone
Directory Swapping Using interrupts to return users to the proper DOS drive and subdirectory when they exit your program. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Hector Plasmic
Fast File I/O in QuickBasic How to speed up the saving and loading of large disk data files. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Ethan Winer
Using Stay-Res Plus to make TSR's Using Stay-Res Plus by MicroHelp to create terminate-and-stay-resident QB programs. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 4) Larry Stone
Peeking at DOS with P.D.Q. Using Crescent Software's P.D.Q. program to create TSR programs in QB. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 4) Ethan Winer
Format Floppy Disks With QB The basics of formatting floppies with QuickBasic. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 5) Cornel Huth
Making a Self-Cloning EXE in QuickBasic How to create an EXE file that "clones" information to itself by creating a "recognizable" area inside of the EXE itself that can be quickly read and modified. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Larry Stone
Self-Cloning EXE's Revisited A follow-up to Larry Stone's QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3 article on self-cloning programs. Goes into more depth, and helps with troubleshooting. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 5) Ronny Ong
Scenic Views by way of the Video Map How to make your QB programs have more "sizzle" along with the "steak" of the programming code. Basically a marketing ploy. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 5) Larry Stone
Fast Screen Printing "This article presents a rapid method of displaying a string of ASCII characters on the screen without updating the cursor position." (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 2) Christy Gemmel
Multiplications Nice tutorial on ASM multiplication functions, such as SHL and SHR. (QB Times #9) abionnnn
A Bug Free CALL INTERRUPT In the QuickBASIC 4.x environment any fatal DOS error during a CALL INTERRUPT crashes the system. This tells you how to solve that problem. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 3) Cornel Huth
Segments and Offsets Memory addresses, segments and offsets. A good explanation, and pretty easy to follow. (QB Times #4) abionnnn
Overcoming Procrastination A motivational self-help essay on how to overcome procrastination in your programming project...or just about anything else. (QB Cult Magazine #14) Steve Pavlina, CEO, Dexterity Software
Organizational Skills: The Key to a Finished Game How to organize your time in order to maximize your coding potential, and ability to create a finished game. (QB Cult Magazine #9) Gianfranco (Pigeon)

User Input
New Assembly Multikey Function A highly-commented keyboard handling function that supports multiple keypresses through interrupts. A version of this was used in Milo Sedlacek's famous MonoSpace shooter. Milo Sedlacek and Joe Huber Jr.
A Key Handling Routine Shows the evolution of a simple INKEY$ key handling routine through several different dialects of BASIC. Unknown
Mouse Programming Simple mouse programming with CALL INTERRUPT. A good introduction. Alex Warren
QB Mouse Tutorial The best mouse tutorial I've seen for QB. A thorough explanation of mouse programming through Interrupts in both QuickBasic and QBASIC 1.1. Antoni Gual
Keys Detection for QBasic and QuickBasic Great tutorial discussing ASCII functions and INKEY$, ON KEY and INP. Has some good tips on improving keyboard input handling in your game program. Mod
Keys Tutorial INKEY$, UCASE$, LCASE$ and detecting arrow key presses. Meech Productions
No Break Explains how to disable CTRL+BREAK. Short. Daniel Trimble
Working with the Rodent A handy introduction to mouse programming in QuickBasic using interrupts. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 2) Daniel R. Berry
An Event-driven Mouse Support Library "The two mouse-programming paradigms, 'polled' and 'event-driven,' each have advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss each in detail as the routines are being presented [in this article]." (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 3) Tony Elliot
Joystick Usage in QB "The purpose of this tutorial basically is to allow you to write joystick routines without having to resort to QB's crappy STRIG routines which are anoyingly bad and can be sometimes confusing!" (QB Times #2) Greg McAusland (Maz)
A Powerful Line Editor For QB Getting around the limits of QB's native INPUT statement by creating a line editing program. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 2) Larry Stone
Mouse Programming A pretty good introduction to using the mouse in QB via CALL INTERRUPT. Discusses several different screen modes. (BASIX Fanzine #9) Alex Warren
Advanced Keyboard Programming Brief tutorial explaining how to check keyboard input using interrupts. Also includes a Keyboard Scan Code chart. (BASIX Newsletter #1) Screech
Programming The Mouse Introduction to mouse programming through use of CALL INTERRUPT. (BASIX Fanzine #3) Peter Cooper
Using The Mouse A short and sweet tutorial on using INTERRUPTs to get input from the mouse. (QB Chronicles #3) Fling-master
Morphing The Mouse Using CALL ABSOLUTE to program the mouse, and then replacing the standard arrow pointer with your own mouse graphic. (QDF #1) Lord Acidus
Extended Key Codes Made Easy A list of CHR$ values for just about every extended / compound key press you could ever need. Includes alt combinations and function (F) key codes. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) William R. Hliwa, Jr.

Microsoft Library (.LIB) Format An explanation of the Microsoft .lib format. (QB Times #9) Nightwolf
Future Library Document A tutorial on using several of the functions of the Future Library, including making your library, setting the screen mode and using fonts. (QB Times #9) Stefan Hendriks
Using Utilities An interesting article on how and why you should use libraries / third party utilities to improve your QB program, with a focus on using QMIDI, BWSB or other sound addons. (QB:TM #2) 19day
Creating Your Own Library "Many people have wondered how to link other languages into Quickbasic. Some think it is not possible but to my knowledge C, Fortran, and of course ASM of been succesfully intergrated with QB code. To do this you need to compile this code into a library." This will show you how. (QBOA Issue 2) FlySwat99
Building A Library Simple guide to creating your own quicklibraries, then loading them up (one at a time or chained together) in QB. (QB Cult Magazine #3) Chris Charabaruk
Making Libraries A simple demonstration on how to create and use your own quicklibraries, generated from your QB subroutines. (BASIX Fanzine #10) Alan Copeland
QLB Tutor A very complete tutorial on inserting and using QuickLibraries in your program. Michael Hoopman
How To Make a QLB File A very brief tutorial explaining how to link multiple library files together and to create .qlb libraries. Glenn and Dav
Using C Routines in QuickBasic Teaches you how to use C/C++ code in QB by turning C .obj files into Quick Libraries. CGI Joe
Direct QB Manual The incredibly thorough and informative manual that comes packaged with Direct QB. This explains EVERYTHING about Enhanced Creations' awesome graphic library. Angelo Mottola

Dynamic Data Structures An introduction to dynamic data structures including: the stack, the queue, the linked list and the tree. (QB Times #9) Matthew R. Knight
Memory In QBasic Tricks to managing and preserving your runtime stack memory in QB, and how to use arrays and variable types. (QB:TM #5) Thav
Memory Usage A simple, yet effective method of freeing up some memory in your QB game. Create a memory handler to load individual tilesets instead of loading all of them at once. (QB:TM #9) Mandrake
Improving Your IQUEUE Managing your Data Stack in QB (with the help of ASM). (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 4) Jim Mack
Implementing a Stack in QBasic Explains how to create an unbounded memory stack in QB. Includes examples from the Wrox Press's 'Revolutionary Guide to QBasic'. (BASIX Fanzine #1) Adrian Sill
Using XMS in QB (Part 1) Nice tutorial on using XMS extended memory in QB. You must know some basic assembler first. (QB Chronicles #1) Fling-master
Using XMS in QB (Part 2) Expands on what you learned in the first tutorial with several new functions that will allow you to increase the amount of memory you can use. (QB Chronicles #2) Fling-master
Arrays Near and Far Some tricks on declaring arrays in QB, for both arrays less than 64KB and greater than 64KB. Covers commands like $DYNAMIC, $STATIC and TYPE. (BASIX Fanzine #13) RudeJohn
Why 64K? Discusses the theory behind memory segments and memory limits, with an emphasis on QB programming and dimensioning variables properly. (BASIX Fanzine #13) RudeJohn
Using EMS in QB A thorough tutorial on using EMS extended memory in QB. Includes information on all the most important interrupts that you will need if you use EMS. (QB Chronicles #3) Plasma357
Using EMS in QB (Part 2) This second edition of Plasma357's EMS series focuses entirely on using EMS memory to play WAV sounds in QB through the Soundblaster card. Very thorough. (QB Chronicles #4) Plasma357
Memory Moves With QB How to move data in QB using B$ASSN. (QBNews Vol. 1 No.1) David Cleary
Thanks For The Memories Some techniques on using HIMEM.SYS and XMS memory. (QBNews Vol. 3 No. 1) Robin Duffy
Dynamic Memory A VERY useful tutorial on using DYNAMIC MEMORY (to give your program more mem to use) Charles Johnson

Structured Programming
How To Use Subs Brief introduction to using subroutines / subprocedures in your QB programs. (QB:TM #2) NetherGoth
What is the difference between SUBs and FUNCTIONs? A short tutorial on SUB and FUNCTION usage. Written as a program, with the tutorial's text printed on screen when you execute the .BAS file. Kurt Kuzba
Subroutines, Functions, SHARED, GOSUB and GOTO A very thorough and complete look at subs and functions. Includes tons of example code. Anastasios Yalanopoulos
Basic Subroutines and Functions A good guide to subs and functions, covering the most important topics. Well-written. Unknown
Subs A short introduction to subroutines. Poorly written; in their own words, it's "clear as mud". qbasic@usa.com
Modular Programming An excellent introduction to programming subs and functions. Includes information on global variables, the module interface and commands you can't use in a sub/function. (BASIX Fanzine #15) David Tordrup
Structured Programming A great resource on structuring your algorithm so that it is easy to understand and follow. Covers everything from initializing datatypes and allocating memory to structuring your loops properly. Great! (BASIX Fanzine #15) David Tordrup
Structured Programming Turning spaghetti code into more managable program loops and subroutines. (BASIX Fanzine #4) Peter Cooper
Power Coding Simplifying your main program module, and making common sense subroutines. (QB Cult Magazine #8) QbProgger
Face Lift: Code Formatting How to organize and format your code so that it's easy to understand. (QDF #3) Lord Acidus
How To Write Bad Code A tongue-in-cheek tutorial on how and why you should write bad code. However, if you read it with an open mind, you might find some good hints on how to write *good* code. Hans Spiller

Customized Fonts Explains how to make your own 140-character "bitwise" memory-saving fonts in QB.(BASIX Fanzine #10) Jakob Krarup
Fonts: An Alternative Graphic Discusses the use of fonts as graphics rather than actual bitmap graphics. Includes several character charts. (BASIX Fanzine #12) RudeJohn
Fonts in QuickBasic An excellent tutorial on using custom fonts in QB -- both graphical fonts and by editing the standard DOS character set. (QB Cult Magazine #6) Sam Thursfield
Fonts in a Can Using a routine called PrintROMtable to produce a library of graphics fonts without a font library! (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 3) Larry Stone
Redefining Characters Change characters in the standard DOS font to your own graphical creations. This tutorial explains how to change ascii character 65 (A) into a small stick figure. Unknown
Transforming Text "Do you want to transform your text? Here are a few tips to modify your text to any kind of form!" (QB Times #6) Maxx

Using the Modem or COM Ports
Using The Modem In QBasic An introduction on using dial-up modems in QB. Covers the ports and the "Modem Language" you will have to use if you'd like to send information to another computer over a phone modem. (BASIX Fanzine #17) Matthew River Knight
Using The Modem In QBasic A modem tutorial that was featured in QBCM Issue #1. Large parts of this tutorial were plagiarized from Lord Acidus' QBasic Developers Forum modem tutorial, also listed here. (QB Cult Magazine #1) Matthew R. Knight
"Ground Control to Major Tom..." A great introduction to dial-up modem programming, telling you how to access the COM ports, dial numbers and more. (QDF #1) Lord Acidus
Using COM 3 and COM 4 with QB Getting around limitations with the COM 1 and COM 2 ports by using COM 3 and COM 4 instead. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 4) Dick Dennison
The BASICS of QB's Serial Communications Sending information over COM ports to the modem or other serial devices. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 4) Ranjit Aiyagari
Using The Modem in QBasic Simple modem programming. This was heavily plagiarized from Lord Acidus's modem tutorial. (QB Times #6) Matthew R. Knight
Programming The Parallel Port In QBasic Explains how to transfer data over the LPT1 parallel port, which is usually used for a printer. Aaron
Serial I/O Routines For QB 4.x A tutorial and library that will provide you with serial I/O communications in QB, as well as other DOS languages. This program will allow you to control 8250 and 16450 type communications ports (UARTS) at speeds of up to 115200 baud. Communication ports 1 - 4, and non-standard addresses are supported. QBSerial

Power Programming: Time Doing precise timing using TIMER, ON TIMER, dealing with midnight, and using TIMER alternatives in your program. (QB:TM #12) Seav
Timing Shows how to use the TIMER statement to do more precise timing in QB. (BASIX Fanzine #10) Jakob Krarup
Face Lift: TIMER Replacing your FOR...NEXT timing loops with more precise TIMER statements. (QDF #1) Lord Acidus
The UEVENT Bug If you are trying to use ON TIMER and ON UEVENT in the same program, it probably won't work. This will help you get around that bug. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 4) Ray Crumrine
In Search of the Elusive UEVENT A different strategy for handling "events" in QB. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Jim Mack
Face Lift: Dealing With Military Time Brief tutorial on converting military time to 12-hour clock time. Lots of source. (QDF #4) Lord Acidus

GUI / Operating Systems
Creating Menus For Your Programs An article for newbies that covers: "simple 'press a key menus', menus with a 'highlight selection bar', graphical menus and even mosue driven menus. I'll discuss each type of menu with the pros & cons, an example how to make one." (QB Times #7) Nightwolf
Popup Windows Very thorough tutorial on using ASM to create a complete GUI windowing system in QuickBasic. (QBNews Vol. 2 No. 4) Christy Gemmel
BASIC Menuing and Graphics Beginner's look ar designing simple GUIs in QB, using only simple commands. (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 3) Ryan Snodgrass
'Menu' Screens "This little example is to show how you can have a 'menu' screen with various selections, and also have rather detailed information also presented to the user regarding each of his potential selections." (QBNews Vol. 1 No. 2) Don Avila
Creating A Soul Introduction to making your own Operating System. This is a long article explaining the most important aspects of OS's, and what yours should include. (QDF #3) Lord Acidus

Debugging / Optimizing
Marcade Goes Bughuntin' An introduction to debugging your QB source code, including some useful tricks that will save you quite a bit of frustration. (QB Times #9) Marcade
Advanced Speed Optimization Techniques A VERY useful collection of tips and tricks to optimize your code and speed up your programs. Highly recommended! (QB Cult Magazine #10) Toshi Horie
Debugging in QB One good method of debugging your QB program. Especially useful for determining at which loop number your program crashes (the "breakpoint"). (QB Chronicles #3) Fling-master
FPS: Frames Per Second Incorporating a FPS counter into your program to help you maximize your game engine's speed. (QB Times #8) Nightwolf
Errors, Error Traps and Fixing Errors Bughunting and beta testing is explained through good examples and a lot of source code. This tutorial goes through the most common errors you will see in QB, such as "Out of Stack Space" or "Illegal Function Call". Anastasios Yalanopoulos
Frames Per second A simple tutorial on how to add a FPS counter into your game program. Tal Bereznitskey

Numbering Systems
Binary Numbers An introduction to binary numbers and the binary counting system, and how to use them effectively in your QuickBasic program. (BASIX Fanzine #9) Alex Warren
Hexadecimal and Binary Numbers A short explanation of hexadecimal and binary numbering systems. Includes sample math problems that you might find helpful. (BASIX Newsletter #2) Screech
Hex Tutorial Brief explanation of hexadecimal numbers. (QB Times #1) abionnnn
Hexadecimal and Binary Notations A "quick little reference document" on hexadecimal and binary notations as well as the use of the logical operators AND and OR. Includes information on using QB commands like HEX$ and converting binary or hexadecimal numbers to different formats. Earl Montgomery
Hexadecimal Numbers An intro to the Hexadecimal number system. Very useful for ASM. Milo Sedlacek

Encryption / Compression
The Password Encryption Technique Nicely-formatted tutorial by SEAV Softwares that shows you some useful data-encryption techniques. SEAV says it best: "Let's suppose you have in your arcade game a password input dialog box (probably to a specified level) or a very hard riddle. You might want to encrypt the password or the answer to the riddle so that the player cannot find the answer by examining your code." SEAV
Simple Encryption Short example of one way to encrypt string variables. Nick Emblow
Data Encryption Some simple methods of Data Encryption, using a "key" statement to encode and decode text strings. (QB Cult Magazine #2) Lord Acidus
Big Brother Is Puzzled By You Encryption techniques in QB: how to encode / decode your message based on a key phrase. (QDF #4) Lord Acidus
File Compression Instructions / decriptor for the VirtuaSoft Implode compression algorithm. Useful if you're interested in creating your own file compression format. (VSNews Dec. '98) Danny Gump
The ZIP File Format All about ZIP archive compression. (QB Times #3) PKZip Website

PC Magazine's BASIC Techniques and Utilities
PC Magazine's BASIC Techniques and Utilities PC Magazine's BASIC Techniques and Utilities. A gigantic book that covers just about every advanced QuickBasic programming technique you can think of. This book has also been serialized, chapter-by-chapter in QB Cult Magazine. Ethan Winer
PC Magazine's BASIC Techniques and Utilities - PDF Version A PDF version of Ethan Winer's incredible book. Good for printing, but this does not come with the source code of the other archive. Ethan Winer
Chapter 1 An Introduction To Compiled BASIC. (QB Cult Magazine #5) Ethan Winer
Chapter 2 Variables and Constant Data. (QB Cult Magazine #6) Ethan Winer
Chapter 3 Programming Methods. (QB Cult Magazine #7) Ethan Winer
Chapter 4 Debugging Strategies. (QB Cult Magazine #8) Ethan Winer
Chapter 5 Compiling and Linking. (QB Cult Magazine #9) Ethan Winer
Chapter 6 File And Device Handling. (QB Cult Magazine #10) Ethan Winer
Chapter 7 Network and Database Programming. (QB Cult Magazine #11) Ethan Winer
Chapter 8 Sorting and Searching (QB Cult Magazine #12) Ethan Winer
Chapter 9 Program Optimization. (QB Cult Magazine #13) Ethan Winer
Chapter 10 Key Memory Areas in the PC. (QB Cult Magazine #14) Ethan Winer
Chapter 11 Accessing DOS and BIOS Services. (QB Cult Magazine #15) Ethan Winer
Chapter 12 Assembly Language Programming. (QB Cult Magazine #16) Ethan Winer
Chapter 12B Assembly Language Programming (continued). (QB Cult Magazine #17) Ethan Winer

Homayoon P.A.'s "Writing Organized QB Code" Tutorials
Writing Understandable Code Formatting your code so that it's to understand and easy to debug. Has good tips like commenting, naming your variables with meaningful names and indenting your code. Homayoon P.A.
Coding Techniques A short theory article explaining different ways to organize a program. Modular Programming and Procedural Programming are discussed, though this does not contain any actual code. Homayoon P.A.
A Modular Programming Way in QB A quick summary of subs, functions, and sharing variables between your modules. Homayoon P.A.

Danny Gump's Optimization Series
Optimize 1 Mathematical calculations and such in QB. You should know a little before reading this one. Danny Gump
Optimize 2 Using POKE and PEEK for graphics. Good examples, also discusses INTEGERS. Danny Gump
Optimize 3 Palette tutorial. Discusses PALETTE USING, and making palettes with OUT. Danny Gump
Optimize 4 Debabelizing (converting True-color to 8-bit color) by combining like colors and customizing your palette. Danny Gump
Optimize 5 Basics of sprites, and plotting of sprites. Danny Gump
Optimize 6 Double Buffering, part I and how it can improve your GET and PUT. Danny Gump
Optimize 7 Explains BLOAD and BSAVE, as well as dealing with memory offsets. Danny Gump
Misc. Graphics Techniques Danny Gump's QB graphics manifesto, which explains how to speed up and improve many different graphics techniques. You'll learn POKE and PEEK, Double Buffering (part II), faster ways to save and load a palette and more. Danny Gump

Submitted Miscellaneous Tutorials
Subs.txt Useful Subs. The title says it all!!! MEH!!! (I have always wanted to do that, lol) (Submitted by Nathan1993 on September 3, 2004) Nathan1993
Basic to Advance Keyboard Programming.txt Basic-Advance Keyboard Programming. This teaches basic keyboard(A-Z / 1-0) to advance( etc.) (Submitted by Kevin on December 22, 2004) x.t.r.GRAPHICS
MacQBKB.chm Microsoft QuickBasics Knowledge Base for Apple Macintosh.. Program in format CHM. 484 articles. Prepared and compiled by Macric. 771 kbs. (Submitted by Macric on May 20, 2006) Microsoft

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