RE: PIC Programming in "Basic"
I have been out of the country for two weeks, so this information may be a bit old.
Take a look at MicroEngineering's PicBasic Pro. A fully working demo can be downloaded from thier website.
In a recient issue of Nuts-N-Volts mag. several compilers were compared and PicBasic-Pro compiled code ran the fastest and used the least program memory.