BASIC is not a Bad Language
Agreed, I've been using various version of VB for decades, but DMbasic is is not advanced in any way.
All examples I've seen have line numbers, ALL CAPS, no white space, no indenting, in short a real dog's breakfast. Now whether that is imposed by the language or just bad programming technique I don't know, certainly line numbers are required at this point.
There is however a programmer's editor in the works that looks quite nice, hopefully that will allow/encourage better techniques, even if it downloads crapily formatted code to the DM.
One thing that is good about the DM project and DMbasic is that you can get in there and add features to the language. I gather that the interpreter is written in C, you can download the source, add a feature and submit it. People are doing just that. As this is a new platform there's many opportunities for a bright young lad to make his mark.
I can't tell much about the Zaduino boards except that the designer doesn't like 45-degree traces
How come they have RS-232?