DrawScript at ROUGOL, 16th July

David Lane will be taking the floor at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about DrawScript, a programming/script language developed by Joe Taylor that can be used to produce graphics in Draw format. Based on BASIC, but with extra graphics commands, DrawScript can be used to produce elaborate drawings with great precision – as demonstrated by the DrawScript gallery, linked from the software’s website.

The talk will cover everything from a more detailed look at what DrawScript is, what it does, and David will demonstrate some of the examples that come with the software, as well as some he has written himself, and a combination of DrawScript and BASIC programs that relate to one of the many proofs of the rectangular tiling theorem. David will also talk about different ways the software can be used.

Visitors to the meeting have the opportunity to do some homework before it takes place – no preparation or knowledge of DrawScript is necessary, but if you do have the program (or if you are willing to download and try it), you are encouraged to experiment with it and suggest your own uses. David also has a question/experiment that people can try out prior to the meeting: Can you get DrawScript to produce more than one Draw file from one program?

The meeting will take place on Monday, 16th July, starting at 7:45pm in the restaurant upstairs at:

The Blue-Eyed Maid,
173 Borough High Street,
SE1 1HR.

The venue serves a range of hot and cold food, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and other than paying for any imbibing you wish to do or food you wish to consume, admittance is free and anyone is welcome.

It’s only a short walk from Borough and London Bridge tube stations, a ten minute trip from Waterloo (two stops on the Jubilee Line to London Bridge), and a twenty minute trip from Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras (Southbound on the Bank branch of the Northern Line to Borough).

For drivers, Congestion Charging ends at 6:00pm – long before the meeting – but you also need to think about parking and what the traffic might be like when you arrive; this is central London, after all!

If you need any help finding your way to The Blue-Eyed Maid, or any other relevant information, ROUGOL can be contacted via Twitter, by email, or by telephone on 07970 211 629.

The next main show of the year is the London Show, which is organised by ROUGOL, and will be taking place on Saturday, 27th October, 2018, at the St Giles Hotel, Feltham. If you haven’t done so yet, put that date in your diaries, and keep your eye on the website for show-related news as it draws nearer.


I should take this opportunity to point out that one of the various grossly underused mailing lists hosted by RISCOSitory is one for both DrawScript and AppBasic (also developed by Joe Taylor). If you are a user, you’re thinking about using – or are inspired to do so by David’s talk – why not consider subscribing and discussing the software?

And while I’m at it, don’t forget that there is an equally underused mailing list to discuss shows and events. Why not subscribe to that, as well, and start discussing – and creating a buzz for – the London Show?

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