Rapid-Q is a BASIC-like programming language for the 32-bit multiplatform.
It provides graphical user interfaces (GUI) and CONSOLE programs. The compiler
is actually an interpreter for Windows, Linux, and Unix. Rapid-Q compiles your BASIC
source code into byte-code, which is normally attached to an interpreter, but
can also be run from other programming languages using specialized DLLs. Also
Rapid-Q supports partial object-oriented programming. If you're familiar with
either QBasic, PowerBasic, or even VisualBasic, you'll be able to program in
Rapid-Q in no time. The overall goal of the project was to provide an alternative BASIC
programming language that's not only FREE, but good and easy to use. Rapid-Q is constantly being
improved by public support and this help document is part of that
The Rapid-Q compiler was written and developed by William Yu. The final
release of the software was in BETA testing stage. However, Mr. Yu sold the
rights to the owner of RealBASIC(c). Now William Yu no longer supports Rapid-Q. Do
not even think about contacting either William Yu or the staff of RealBASIC
about Rapid-Q. They would prefer you buy their BASIC compiler. Just because Rapid-Q
was released in Beta stage doesn't mean the compiler is not fully functional!
Rapid-Q can make very useable programs of significant complexity. Also don't
expect the compiler to become "open source."
In Mr. Yu's words, "Being a
BASIC programmer at heart, I looked through the eyes of a user, and added the
features and ease of use that I like to see in a good programming language... Perhaps in the future, some of these
features will become standard in all BASIC languages. The advanced features that Rapid-Q offers need not be used
at all, but is available when you get more comfortable with the language itself.
For example, Rapid-Q offers object/component creation, function pointers,
procedures with infinite parameters, variants, while
still maintaining all the fundamental features that most BASIC programmers are
familiar with, ie. GOTO, GOSUB, line numbers, etc. This makes converting
legacy code much easier. The only feature which deviates from traditional BASIC
languages is file handling. I believe that once you understand how file and
memory streams work, this can be a huge benefit, rather than a hassle.
The best way to learn is by example. It really
isn't enough just to look at it and say "Uh huh, yeah." Take some time to take
it apart and rewrite the code yourself. Trial and error is always a good way of
learning. It seems we learn more by our mistakes, this is also true for
programming. Yes, you'll have many nights of frustration when your code just
doesn't seem to run properly, but once that bug is found, you'll be dancing
around like there's no tomorrow. Sources and documentation are found at: The original compiler:
*Mirror of Basic
Guru site Other sites for the original compiler: RapidQ Installer basic.mindteq.com
(good site with reviews of other compilers)
There is still a large community of contributors to the Rapid-Q language.
However, you are "on your own" with Rapid-Q. FreeBasic
is a very good free alternative to RapidQ. RealBasic is very good
commercial alternative to Rapid-Q if you need cross-platform support. You can get
started with programming with Rapid-Q and move up. You
too can contribute to the development of the language and keep this Free,
simple and easy-to-use compiler alive.