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Welcome to HTBasic
HP Style Basic for Engineers
HTBasic (aka High Tech Basic or HTB for short) is an engineering BASIC programming language compatible with HP’s Rocky Mountain Basic (RMB) enhanced and optimized for the Windows PC platform. It is especially popular as one of the few ways to easily connect to and control test and measurement instruments.
Besides its easy to use Basic syntax, HTB also provides a Visual Screen Builder with data input and output widgets. Together, this combination is far more powerful than other contemporary solutions that try to do everything through a graphical drag-and-drop user interface only—which can be both challenging and limiting.
Popular in test and measurement applications, HTBasic also excels as an enhanced general purpose programming language for a wide variety of engineering applications—especially by technical users who are not necessarily full time programmers.
- Built-in syntax for controlling GPIO, GPIB, and data acquisition cards from companies like National Instruments, Agilent, Keysight, Keithley, Ines…
- A Visual no-coding Screen Builder (compatible with BasicPlus) that includes widgets for: Data Presentation–like bars, bitmaps, clocks, meters, and strip charts; Menu Creation–like menu buttons, cascade menus, and pull-down menus; Data Input–like keypads, pushbuttons, radio buttons, scrollbars, sliders and toggle buttons; and Dialog Statements–for displaying errors, file names, lists, questions, and warnings.
- COMPLEX numbers, LONG integers, and STATIC variable types together with matrix math, and extensive graphic commands for unparalleled data processing and presentation.
- Advanced Math Library includes precompiled signal processing functions like FFTs.
- Numeric Compiler converts select user defined math intensive HTBasic subroutines into loadable SUBs.
- DLL Toolkit allows HTBasic to call Dynamic Link Libraries written in other languages like C/C++.
- Integrated debugger.
- Backwards compatible with legacy HP workstation BASlC (RMB) including the TRANSFER function for GPIB, serial, and file I/O while also supporting modern Windows standards on PCs.
LXI/GPIB Instrument Control
HTBasic connects to instruments over IEEE-488 (GPIB/HPIB) using 3rd party interface cards. Plus, HTBasic also supports modern standards like LXI (Lan Extensions for Instruments) over ethernet. HTBasic is vendor agnostic and connects to any make of instrument as well as Data Acquisition (DAQ) cards from vendors like National Instruments and Ines.
Supported data types including Complex numbers, Long integers, and Static variables together with built-in matrix math operations simplify data analysis. And because HTBasic combines acquisition, analysis and presentation in the same easy-to-use programming language combined with a visual widget based graphical screen builder, it can handle your data from start to finish.
HTBasic also includes an Advanced Math Library with highly optimized precompiled functions for things like signal processing, FFTs, and curve fitting. Plus HTBasic includes a Numeric Compiler that converts select user defined math intensive HTBasic subroutines into compiled SUBS when needed to realize significant performance increases.
Visual Screen Builder
Create custom operator-interfaces, virtual instruments, and data presentation graphics screens from dozens of built-in widgets and dialogs with the Screen Builder App (aka BasicPlus). Screen Builder includes widgets like XY graphs, strip charts, meters, and bar displays. You can also create Dialog Boxes that display questions, warnings, error messages and other critical information quickly and easily.
For example, a single strip chart can be configured a myriad of different ways as needed with more than a dozen core attributes and dozens of specific attributes. The Screen Builder application also includes widgets for keypads, pushbuttons, scrollbars, toggle buttons, and more so you can customize screens with operator-interface and data presentation without coding.
HTBasic emulates classic features of legacy Hewlett-Packard workstations all in a contemporary Windows user interface with toolbar, status bar, pulldown menus, scroll bars, dialog boxes, and code editor. You can even execute Windows commands from within HTBasic as well as user created DLLs written in C/C++ and called through an integrated DLL loader.