The file extension BAS is associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include BASIC, the Canon Hack Development Kit, and e.Report Designer Professional. BAS files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If a BAS file is related to BASIC, it is categorized as a developer file type that contains programming source codes which have been created using the BASIC programming language. BASIC files are written using a variety of BASIC applications. The programming language is an early language which is still used today with recent development applications such as Microsoft Visual Studio. BASIC stands for Beginner All-Purpose Symbolic Instructional Code.
BAS files that are a part of the Canon Hack Development Kit are defined as a script file type which contains data used to extend the capabilities of the firmware included in a Canon Camera. The Canon Hack Development Kit which is also known as CHDK is installed in the memory of a Canon device during the startup process and provides additional functions to firmware which has been previously installed in the camera.
If the file extension BAS is created with e.Report Designer, the file is categorized as a data file type which stores library modules from ROL files. ROL files store report components for the e.Report Designer application. The BAS file extension is created during the compilation process for both ROD report design files and ROL files. e.Report Designer is a development environment created by Actuate Corporation which provides a set of tools that allow developers to create integrated and flexible reports for any Web-based application.
How to Open BAS Files
Since BAS files can be opened using multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. BAS files consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
If the file extension BAS is associated with the BASIC programming language, the file can be opened using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, which is a development software application. Visual Studio 2010 is available for download on the Microsoft website and is designed for use with the Windows operating system.
You can also opt to use BBC BASIC for Windows, which is a development application used to create utilities, games, and applications for the Windows operating system. BBC BASIC 5.94a is available in a free evaluation version on the BBC BASIC website and is compatible with all versions of Windows.
FreeBASIC is another development application which will open BAS files in Windows as well. FreeBASIC is an open source self-hosting compiler released under the General Public License (GPL) and is available as a free download on the FreeBASIC.net website.
If you are looking for a cross platform application which will open the file extension BAS programming files, you can opt to use BlitzMax which uses the BASIC programming language. BlitzMax is offered as a 30-day free trial on the BlitzBASIC website and is designed for use with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
BASIC files which contain the BAS file extension are also stored in a plain text format and can be opened using any text editing application. If you are using Windows, you can open BAS files with WordPad, Notepad, TextPad, Open Office Writer, or Microsoft Word. For Mac OS X, BAS files can be opened using Apple TextEdit, MacroMates TextMate, BareBones Text Edit, or MacVim. For the Linux operating system, you can use AbiWord, gEdit, GNU Emacs, Nano Editor, or Vim to open and edit BAS files.
If the file extension BAS is related to the Canon Hack Development Kit, the file can be opened using CHDK 1.1.0 or 1.2.0 which is available on the CHDK Wikia website. Both versions of the Canon Hack Development Kit are designed for use with Canon digital cameras.
If the BAS file is associated with e.Report Designer Professional, it can be opened using the e.Report Designer Professional software application. It is available on the Actuate Corporation website and is designed for use with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system. This type of BAS files can also be opened using any text editing application as mentioned above.