The great thing about bbasic is that it's geared for it's target and is evolving.
Actually the evolving aspect is a mixed blessing; there's some stuff I want to do, documentation-wise and "need fixed point math"-wise that I'm holding out on 'til I see what's coming down the pike from those mad typin' fingers of Batari.
But I think my enthusiasm for bB is evident in my work to do a webpage (which is in need of updating right now, but hey), talking with the AA higherups to get its own forum, and making stuff like NECG Drumma and also some teaching little things, like the music engine and the little thingy that can fly 16 directions.
Re: this forum...my advice is not to sweat it too much, when it seems like it's not getting the traffic/focus it deserves. Even though it's very accesible, it remains a geekly pursuit, the language is still young anyway, and a from-scratch bB project doesn't even have the built-in name recognition that most hacks do. Maybe bB will surge in popularity, maybe it will just remain the interest of a small group of coders. Either way, trying to mother hen the board won't help.
3 cheers for Batari! I remember when the first 0.1 came out, and it had a very rigid parser, and the line numbers which I knew were probably arbitrary, and I thought "hmmm, maybe I could write my own AtariScript language and take care of some of that, now that he's shown me the plausibility of it" but the fact is bB has already put so much work into it, and it's getting better and better, and bB is smart in so many ways that I'd have trouble duplicating, that for me to do anything like it A. probably would never stack up to bB and B. if it did would just split people's energy anyway. I just hope we can give bB enough enthusiasm feedback to get him to keep plugging away at it, after a while the kind of work he's doing can be a grind, and hearing that people really appreciate it can help urge him to keep making progress.