[vcf-midatlantic] Format of SAVE'd programs on disk

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Mon Jan 20 21:51:58 EST 2020

A quick scan reveals that MSX BASIC had this ability. I recall that LISTing
to a disk file had the effect of saving as text on the Atari.

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 9:45 PM Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com>

> MS GW-BASIC had a “,a” switch to save in ASCII, but I don’t remember if
> other MS variants had this. I’m thinking Atari basic may have but I’d have
> to research.
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 8:47 PM Bob Applegate via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> I’ve been doing a lot with the Microsoft 6502 source code and one of the
>> capabilities I’ve added is being able to SAVE/LOAD from an SD card.  All of
>> the variants of that BASIC save and load tokenized programs.  That is, the
>> SAVE function saves the current BASIC program exactly as it appears in
>> memory, with tokens and some ASCII data.  All of the early versions of MS
>> BASIC did not support disk operations directly and any disk code was added
>> later by the computer manufacturer who incorporated the MS interpreter into
>> their systems.
>> Jump forward a couple years when Microsoft directly supported CP/M so
>> that the underlying disk code could be standardized.  When a SAVE “ABC.BAS”
>> command was executed, was the program saved tokenized still, or was it
>> saved as all ASCII like the LIST command would produce?  Someone could then
>> edit BASIC programs using a text editor and be able to read them back in,
>> as opposed to having binary files that could only be edited from within
>> BASIC itself.
>> I’m just wondering if it’s worth my effort to add the capability to
>> save/load ASCII or just be happy with my tokenized version.  I’m interested
>> to know what Microsoft did in later versions of their interpreter.
>> Bob

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