Everyone is entitled to their opinions which carry more weight when justified by real world facts. So here is my challenge to anyone with an open mind. Visit the hotbasic.org web site. Try the free CMD version of HotBasic and the free online compile of the Windows version. If you don't find it easier to use, requiring less declarations, faster, producing smaller executables, stick with what you know.
For the record I have no vested or economic interest in HotBasic other than using it to create my IM client/server, PopNote.
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