From Rosetta Code
If it's not listed, it's read-only... at best
Language Proficiency
BASIC My preferred language family
PowerBASIC My overall favorite BASIC,
and my overall-preferred IDE
FreeBASIC The compiler I use for almost everything
Visual Basic What I use for Windows GUI... for now
VBA Where I do most of my paying work
QuickBASIC My preferred DOS IDE
REALbasic Nice language, but I don't use it for much.
Batch File Somewhere between "okay" and "decent"
UNIX Shell Nowhere near as good as I need to be
C I usually write in BASIC, then translate
VBScript I'm... okay...
Pascal Read-only, for the most part
Assembly Read-only
PHP Minimal knowledge
Lisp Minimal knowledge
GML Minimal knowledge
Visual Basic .NET Meh
Befunge Shrug
Not My Favorite Languages
Languages Reasons
QB64 Bloat, unnecessary library requirements,
weird C++ code generation.
Definitely not ready for prime time.
Liberty Basic I have my reasons; let's leave it at that.
Don't I look happy?

Somewhat obviously, my name is Erik Siers. I'm one of the BASIC cheerleaders on RC. (I can do other languages, but I prefer BASIC by a lot.) I'm in and out of here on no regular schedule -- I might contribute a few times a week for several months, then disappear completely for several more.

Current events[edit]

Someone remind me to do some work on Rocky Mountain BASIC. And BCX. Visual languages could use work.

On the other hand, I need to do some MIPS work. And Category:Kotlin interests me.

Operating Systems[edit]

I use a lot of OS's, depending on which physical system we're talking about...

My tablet:

My workstation:

My Mac:

My Laptop:

My server:

I also toy around with numerous other operating systems under emulation. If it's freely available, I probably have it installed.

My code contributions[edit]

Unless otherwise specifically indicated, I disclaim any rights I might have to any code that I have posted to Rosetta Code, and assign any appropriate copyright to Michael Mol. (Everything posted to RC is automatically covered by the GNU FDL anyway.) This specifically applies to code that I have posted. Other people's code that I have made changes to belongs to them, not me, and I disclaim any rights I might have to those changes. (See Rosetta Code:Copyrights for RC's copyright policy.)

So far, I've only created a single task, Sorting algorithms/Pancake sort.


It should be noted that all REALbasic examples that I've written (which can be found by looking through my user contributions page) were written in REALbasic 5.5.5, which is several years old. (For comparison, this might be considered somewhat akin to writing in C90 instead of the current standard, or writing for the original VB.Net instead of VB2010 -- my examples will probably work under modern versions... but they might not. YMMV.)

Unsorted Code[edit]

Some stuff that I wanted to put up here, but don't have any idea how to categorize (or else they don't fit any one category very well, or whatever).


I put up my programming links on their own page. They haven't been updated in quite a while, though.

This is my Wikipedia user page.

This is my Sourceforge profile.

This is what passes for my home page... not that I actually do anything with it. (Never even finished writing the pages; just kind of stopped halfway through...)

This is a short essay about why I use my real name as my username instead of remaining anonymous or using a pseudonym (on my Wikipedia user page).


Some pages that graphically display various sorting algorithms.

My Sourceforge projects[edit]

  • EEShell2 -- a replacement shell for 32-bit Windows
    • only tested through WinXP
    • usable through at least Win7; written in VB6, which is unsupported in Win8... or so I've heard
  • IgrokYa -- a file type identifier (like file(1); originally part of Proxlat (below))
    • work stalled
  • KanjiFinder -- a tool to help English-speaking users find Japanese kanji
    • program's done, but data files nowhere near complete
  • Proxlat -- a general-purpose binary translator
    • abandoned as impossible
  • QuickRun a simple program launcher (started as part of EEShell2)
  • Visible -- a Visual Basic-to-C/C++ translator
    • work stalled, as usual
  • Erik's tools -- a small handful of tiny utilities I wrote some time ago

Quote of the Day[edit]

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
 -- Pablo Picasso