AMOS BASIC comes to RISC OS

It’s BASIC, Jim, but not as we know it. Chris Gransden, who has ported a number of emulators and games to RISC OS, has been busy again. In December, he released a test version of XAMOS [direct download], ported to RISC OS after it was suggested on the RISC OS Open forums. Originally published by Europress Software and developed by François Lionet and Constantin Sotiropoulos, AMOS BASIC was a version of the BASIC language for the Commodore Amiga home computer,

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New development tool for C programmers

DrWimpC is in the house Peter Miller has released a new development tool for C programmers using RISC OS 4 or higher. The software, explains Peter, is intended as “an application creation and development tool for WIMP applications written using the C programming language” and is the result of some discussions Peter had with the late Ray Favre, who looked after the DrWimp BASIC library from 1999 until his death in 2010, having taken it over from Andrew Ayre who originally developed and maintained it from 1995 until 1999. The…

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Reporter 2.67 available

Not a hack, but a tool for hackers – and sometimes the hacked off Reporter is an application by Martin Avison that provides a way for Wimp applications (especially those written in BASIC), Obey files, assembler programs, and so on, to easily display text and variable values in a debugging window, and as such can be a very useful tool for programmers – and it can also be used to help diagnose other problems, reporting on what’s happening during the boot process, for example. Version 2.67 is now available from…

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Basalt 1.50 beta, Hong Kong 1.50, 1.60, 1.67 released

IF LEN(string$)>255 THEN don’t be left stranded Last month, Steve Drain announced the release of version 1.50 beta of Basalt, his module that provides extra features to BBC BASIC V. This version provides support for long strings, which Steve refers to as ‘strands’. There is also a comprehensive StrongHelp manual, but as yet there isn’t an online HTML version available. Briefly explaining strands, Steve says:

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ArmSort version 4.08 released

Module now ARMv7 compatible. Sorted! ArmSort is a relocatable module from Martin Avison of Avisoft, designed to provide programmers using BBC BASIC on RISC OS computers and emulators with a very easy and fast way to sort arrays. The module can handle any number of single or multi-dimension arrays, in any combination of variable type, and with any key sequence. It features flexible parameters and comprehensive error checking, and – important for BASIC programmers – it’s fast, using the Flash and Shell sorting algorithms. The update to version 4.08 is…

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Charm 2.5.6 released

There’s a new version of Charm, Ee i ee I/O Peter Nowosad of Qubit Consultancy Ltd has announced the availability of version 2.5.6 of Charm, his high level programming language for RISC OS computers. Released under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 licence, Charm comes with a compiler that generates efficient code with a small memory footprint, and a desktop shell that supports easy editing, compiling, assembling or linking of multiple files. Charm is described as “a simple to learn yet powerful object oriented high level language.” The latest update…

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Basalt 1.42 beta released

Beta Basalt for a better BASIC. Steve Drain, developer of Basalt, has released a new version of the module. Short for BASIC Alternative keywords, Basalt is a module that adds many additional keywords and features to all versions of BBC BASIC V, the built in programming language included as part of the ROM (or ROM Image) in all versions RISC OS. Version 1.42 beta is intended as a stable – with a bracketed question mark in Steve’s announcement – version of the previous alpha version, with additional features:

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