Thanks for the infos! I'll check out vbcc, as it seems to be fairly recent/maintained.
CanDo is deeper than it first looks. If you can manage to find a copy of the CanDo SDK, it gets deeper - you can actually create self-modifying decks. Apparently AX1 does this trick under the hood, but the SDK opens up this capability to the casual user. As I mentioned, the biggest limitation is the inability to access system libraries. TBS, you can still do an awful lot with the base pkg. (If we only had the source code!)
I have a list of things to do a mile long, and getting the Corral back on line is one of them. First I need to get my brain back into webdev mode after quite a long period of doing just about everything else.