Contents of the READSUB.DOC file
READSUB - A QuickBasic/ MS Professional Basic Utility
Version 4 Release Date: 06/22/92
INTRODUCTION: ReadSub is a utility which parses uncompiled Basic programs
(source code) written in QuickBasic, Professional Basic and some other
brands of Basic. It takes every subroutine and function (or just one
specified sub or function) in the chosen program and creates a separate
Basic file for each one. The purpose of ReadSub is to enable the Basic
programmer to use these parsed subroutines and functions from one Basic
program in others. For those who haven't yet done it, to "import" a
subroutine or function into an ongoing basic program, name and create
the subroutine or function, go to that area, and choose ALT/F, then "M"
(for merge). You'll see a directory of all .bas programs; you'll have
the option to change directories. When you find the .bas you want to
load as the routine, highlight it and press Enter: it will be imported
into that routine's area (at the cursor location). Calling ReadSub
without command line options will list all Basic source programs in the
SHAREWARE / WARRANTY STATEMENT: ReadSub is marketed as shareware. You may
use the program for up to one month, and if you like it and choose to
continue using it, you are legally and ethically required to pay for it.
The cost to register ReadSub is a miniscule $7, and you'll be able to
sleep better at night! Re warranty, there is NO warranty for ReadSub:
you use this program entirely at your own risk (we gotta say that).
Readsub.exeThe executable program
Register.frm ReadSub registration form
Readsub.doc The documentation you're currently reading
Diag.bas QuickBasic diagnostic source code program
Diag.bat Batch file to run diag.bas
USING READSUB: Put Readsub.exe and the basic program (which must have the
.bas extension) in the same subdirectory. You now have two options:
1) Call readsub by just typing "readsub" (and hit the ENTER key). When
prompted, enter the name of the Basic program (either with or without
the .bas extension). You can choose any Basic program listed.
2) Call ReadSub, and include the basic program's name on the command
line, as (for example): readsub program.bas
(The '.bas' is optional, though the name of the basic program to
be extracted must end in .bas), as: readsub program
Each subroutine and function will be extracted into a separate .bas file,
using the name of the sub or function. If its name is more than eight
characters, its filename will be the first eight "legal" characters of the
sub or function. If the sub or function contains a nonvalid filename
character, the filename will not include that character (unless our
parser misses that character, in which case the program will terminate,
but all subs and functions up to that point will still have been saved).
Keep in mind that the subs and functions you extract will most probably
include constants and variables which were originally defined in the
program's main module and/or processed by other modules. You'll have to
take into account the fact that any new Basic program using these
extracted routines may need to properly define these constants and
OPTIONS: You may choose to extract ONE subroutine or function from your
source file. just add a space (or a slash ["/"]) and the name of the sub
you wish extracted.
Here's an example command line: readsub program.bas onesub
The ".bas" extension need not be used, so for most efficient calling,
this example illustrates: readsub program onesub
CAUTIONS: (1) Be sure the .bas program was saved in ASCII (text) mode.
(2) It's safest to have readsub.exe in the same directory
as your source code file, and BE in that directory when
(3) Although tested on a wide variety of source code, it is
possible that unique sub or function names could cause
a problem. If this could be the case, consider changing
a sub or function name from, e.g., "xf_s*.0@" to,
MISCELLANEOUS: ReadSub is now "well-behaved" under DesqView or Windows;
all screen writes use ANSI codes through the PC BIOS (you must have
ANSI.SYS loaded in your config.sys file).
DIAGNOSTICS: Included are two diagnostic files, which need only be used
if you're having problems running ReadSub. Include these files in the
same directory as readsub.exe, and run diag.bat by typing "diag". This
diagnostic program will extract one subroutine, and if successful, then
extract all subs and functions from diag.bas. If the total extraction
is also successful, you will be informed, and the extracted files will
be deleted. If successful, and you're still having problems, attempt
to run ReadSub on Diag.bas manually, by typing: readsub diag oops
(to extract the "oops" sub), and then: readsub diag (to extract all
subs and functions [ 5 of them ] from diag.bas). If these tests are
successful and you're STILL having a problem, or if these tests are
not successful, call our Support BBS for assistance.
SUPPORT: Registered and NON-registered users may receive assistance by
calling the Suncoast Software Systems support BBS, Suncoast City BBS,
at 813-953-5505 (12/9600 baud, soon to be 9600 baud v.32/42, 24 hrs).
Suggestions for improvements are also welcome!
6/22/92 vers. 4: Major rewrite in (Prof. Basic 7.1)
9/08/91 vers. 3: Added a couple of new features
8/24/91 vers. 2: Added single sub/function extraction: debugged
a couple of nasty ones; added diagnostic utility
8/02/91 Version 1.1: Sharpened algorithms, added file listing
7/31/91 Version 1.0: First Release