Q61350: Disk vs. RAM Memory of Stand Alone vs. Run Time in BASIC PDS
Article: Q61350 Product(s): See article Version(s): 7.00 7.10 | 7.00 7.10 Operating System(s): MS-DOS | OS/2 Keyword(s): ENDUSER | SR# S900407-1 docerr | mspl13_basic Last Modified: 15-JAN-1991 There is an apparent contradiction, which needs clarification, at the top of page 566 in the "Microsoft BASIC 7.0: Programmer's Guide" for Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System (PDS) versions 7.00 and 7.10. Page 566 first states, "Stand-alone programs require more disk space than those requiring the run-time module." Then it states, "Stand-alone programs do have the following advantages, however: Stand-alone programs always require less memory than their run-time equivalents." The first statement means to say that one stand-alone program requires more disk space than one equivalent run-time program if you do not count the size of the run-time module. The second statement means to say that stand-alone programs always require less memory in RAM than their run-time equivalents (counting the run-time module). One stand-alone program requires less RAM or disk memory than its run-time equivalent if you count the size of the run-time module. However, with a large enough number of .EXE programs, the combined stand-alone programs require more disk storage space than the combined run-time equivalents, which share one run-time module.
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