[vcf-midatlantic] GW-BASIC joystick programming

Glenn Roberts glenn.f.roberts at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 13:47:54 EST 2018

Is this it?

STICK Function

To return the x and y coordinates of two joysticks.


x is a numeric variable for storing the result.
n is a valid numeric expression within the range of 0 to 3.

Value of n 	Coordinate Returned
0 		x coordinate of joystick A. Stores the x and y values for both joysticks for the
		Following three function calls.
1 		y coordinate of joystick A.
2 		x coordinate of joystick B.
3 		y coordinate of joystick B.

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> Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] GW-BASIC joystick programming
> How do I program joystick input in GW-BASIC?
> It's insanely easy in Applesoft: you use the PDL(0) and PDL(1) commands to
> determine where the stick is located along X/Y (0-255 on each scale) and then
> tell it what do based on those locations.
> For example, in Applesoft, my Lego robot navigation code looks like this:
> 3010 FB=PDL (1):LR=PDL (0)
> 3020 IF FB < 75 THEN M=5
> 3030 IF FB > 180 THEN M=10
> 3040 IF LR < 75 THEN M=9
> 3050 IF LR > 180 THEN M=6
> (The variable L is the address of the interface card to the control box.
> The variable M gets translated into binary to turn the relevant bits on/off at
> the control box, which runs the motors, sensors, and lights.)
> How do I do this in GW?

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