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Workstation Basic

Workstation Basic is the former name of Business Rules!

Workstation Basic was created in 1981 by a small group of programmers, to run programs on PCs that were originally written to run on mainframes in the old IBM System/23 Basic language.

Workstation Basic is still maintained and supported today, under the name of Business Rules! (abbreviated as BR).

The latest versions of Business Rules can still run the earliest IBM System/23 programs today, on modern operating systems, in network environments, with full support for modern printers and even Web Applications.

If you have old software that runs in Workstation Basic and you're looking for more information about it, or what you can do to support and improve it, or want to run your programs on modern computers, operating systems and on modern printers, you've come to the right place.

Business Rules today is maintained and supported by Business Rules Corp, owned and operated by one of the original creators of the language in 1981.

Sage AX enables people to bring their Workstation Basic software into the 21st century, including more intuitive controls, faster screen design and modern report design. If you need help with programs that run in Workstation Basic, Sage AX can help.

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Pictures of old Workstation Basic Programs

If you have old Workstation Basic software, it will likely utilize only a few colors and be entirely text based. Depending on the version of Workstation Basic you're running under, you may see something similar to the following license screens on startup.

Below that, we have some pictures of older Workstation Basic software. Every program is written individually, and each program is unique, so I do not know what your programs look like. But here we have a few examples. While the colors and text and graphics and screen design won't match yours, the general graphics capabilities probably will.

This is what the Workstation Basic license/welcome screen looked like in the past:


And this is what the Business Rules license/welcome screen looks like nowadays:

See below for examples of older Workstation Basic software:

Now see how we make Workstation Basic programs more user friendly with modern interfaces




The FileIO library is a powerful BR library designed to aid the BR programmer in Read and Write access in a revolutionary way that brings much of the convenience of SQL to the BR Programmer. If FileIO is used properly, your File Layouts become the source for your BR Form Statements and your read/write access. Using FileIO also gives the BR Programmer access to a whole host of powerful development tools.


The ScreenIO library is a powerful library that builds on FileIO. ScreenIO is the fastest way we know of to develop business software.

A ScreenIO license is now included in the purchase of your BR license, in all copies of BR 4.32c and higher. Contact Gordon Dye of Business Rules Corp at gordon.dye@brulescorp.com , or (248) 619-0400 to update your BR license to the latest version. If you already have the appropriate BR license, then simply download ScreenIO from the link above! To use ScreenIO in older versions of BR, a special license may be purchased from Sage AX. For information, contact Gabriel Bakker of Sage AX at gabriel.bakker@gmail.com .


Entering line numbers is a constant distraction to the flow of creative thought. Programmers shouldn't have to concern ourselves with counting line numbers when we have computers to count for us. Allow LEXI to handle these cumbersome details for you. Enjoy better focus and greater productivity today.

Web Scripting Bridge

The BR Web Scripting Bridge is a free tool that enables the BR programmer to write interactive web pages that seamlessly integrate with your existing software suite. See the Sourceforge Page below for more information about the BR Web Scripting Bridge.

Audit BR

Audit BR is a powerful addon to FileIO that creates an Audit Log and can compare your BR data files between any two points in time. Using Audit BR will make your debugging and development more effecient, and it can also be used to find problems and fix them before they become bigger.